Saturday, June 30, 2007

Thomas Kontogiannis: Queens Sleaziest Businessman?

I've been reading about this character ever since the Duke Cunningham scandal broke, and for the life of me, I can't figure out what role this shadowy figure plays that he's constantly getting get-out-of-jail-free cards from the Feds.

Something stinks here, badly. It's time to eliminate covert operations from our governments toolbox altogether.

Troll the archives at WarandPiece and TPMmuckraker for more on this slippery fellow. How does he manage to stay out of the headlines of every New York paper? Not one investigative journalist for a NY paper or news program, as far as I know, has done an expose on this guy.

Photo from the Queens Press, from an unrelated story where Kontogiannis plead guilty in a local bribery case . . . which involved nearly $5 million swindled from the city . . . and NO ONE went to jail. What gives?

This April 2006 article from the San Diego Union-Tribune is an excellent source of reporting on Kontogiannis' checkered past.

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