Michael W. Maseth
Federal Bureau of Investigation
In July 1998, the Chicago FBI received an unsolicited letter which
resulted in one of the largest RICO murder cases in the United States'
history. The letter was from Frank
Calabrese, Jr., who like his father Frank Calabrese, Sr. was part of the
Chicago Outfit and imprisoned in a Michigan federal prison. After agreeing to cooperate with the FBI,
Calabrese, Jr. risked his own life by recording conversations with his
father. The FBI also obtained and
conducted a DNA search warrant on Calabrese, Sr.'s brother, Nick, who had been
shot during the 1986 murder of John Fecarotta.
Nick had dropped a pair of bloody gloves at the Fecarotta murder scene. As the result of a positive DNA match on the
evidence from the Fecarotta murder scene, Nick began to cooperate with the FBI
and provided a roadmap into the Outfit's inner workings. Nick also provided information on numerous
homicides committed by the Chicago Outfit.
As a result of Calabrese, Jr. and Nick's cooperation with the FBI,
thirteen members and associates of the Outfit were charged in a comprehensive
racketeering indictment, which included eighteen murders, extortion, loan
sharking, gambling and income tax evasion.
Special Agent Michael Maseth attended
Allegheny College, in Meadville Pennsylvania and graduated with a Bachelor
Degree in History in 1992. SA Maseth
then attended Capital University School of Law, in Columbus, Ohio and earned
his Juris Doctorate degree in 1995. SA
Maseth spent the next few years in the private practice of law in Columbus,
Ohio. In 1996, SA Maseth applied to
become a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and on March 1,
1998, SA Maseth entered duty with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and began
the 16 week FBI New Agents training at the FBI Academy located in Quantico,
Virginia. In June 1998, SA Maseth
graduated from the FBI Academy and was assigned to the Chicago Field Division
of the FBI. After a short time on the
training squad in the Chicago Office, he was assigned to the Italian Organized
Crime Squad in November 1998. In
February 1999, SA Maseth was assigned to the case which eventually became known
as Operation Family Secrets. As a result
of the Operation Family Secrets investigation and trial, in 2008 SA Maseth,
along with other members of the investigative team, was a recipient of the
Director's Award for Superior Performance by a Litigative Team from the
Executive Offices of the United States Attorney's Office in Washington, DC.
In January 2010, SA Maseth was assigned to
the FBI Chicago's West Resident Agency and now investigates financial crimes as
well as Public Corruption matters in Chicago's Western Suburbs. SA Maseth was as also a member of FBI
Chicago's Hazardous Material Response Team from 2005-2009.