Michael Blutrich grew up in Brooklyn, New York. In the 1960s he was as a child actor who appeared in TV commercials. Then he went to college. After graduating from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1974, he opened his own firm on Park Avenue, Blutrich, Falcone & Miller. The current Governor of New York, Andrew M. Cuomo, was a partner in the firm (1985-1988). And then Blutrich started investing in restaurants and nightclubs including the strip club Scores. That’s where he met members of the powerful Mafia family, the Gambinos. In order to keep the Scores doors open, Blutrich had to pay them $1,000 a week in cash, among other things. But Blutrich still made a profit. He got greedy and got caught up in an insurance fraud scam.
After being indicted for embezzlement, Blutrich agreed to work undercover for the FBI who really wanted the Gambinos. They got several of them including John Gotti, Jr. Blutrich wore a wire. He recorded about 1000 hours of conversations with mobsters under very difficult and dangerous circumstances. Anderson Cooper recently sat down with Blutrich. The interview will air on 60 Minutes, May 10 at 8pm on CBS.
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