He was one of the most highly decorated policemen in the history of the New York Police Department.
Indicted in March 2005, with his retired partner Stephen Caracappa, for providing information about key witnesses and confidential informants to the Lucchese crime family. They were also charged with carrying out mob murders, and turning over individuals to the crime family's boss, who called Eppolito and Caracappa "my crystal ball." The two former NYPD cops were found guilty in April 2006. The conviction was overturned on a technicality, then reinstated on appeal in 2008. In 2009, he was sentenced to life plus 100 years in prison.
He wrote a book (with Bob Drury) called "Mafia Cop: the Story of an Honest Cop Whose Family Was the Mob" about his life in 1992.
(April 2005) Was arrested in March by the FBI, along with another retired NYPD detective, and charged with being contract killers for New York City's Lucchese Mafia family. Authorities charged Eppolito and his partner, Stephen Caracappa, with at least 11 murders and attempted murders and also with providing confidential information to their Mafia employers regarding organized-crime investigations in New York City. He was convicted on the account of murder and sent to jail.
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