Nightline reports on the story of a New York crime boss, turned informant, turned turned Floridian playboy suspected of aiding and abetting in the murder of a rap star.
Mani Chulpayev is a former Russian mobster-turned-informant for the FBI, but that didn’t stop him from being accused of committing a string of crimes. ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross confronted Chulpayev at his Florida luxury car business to ask if he is still a gangland criminal, now operating under the protection of his FBI handler.
As reported by Brian Ross:
Chulpayev has told investigators for the Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General that he was asked for and gave the FBI agent gifts of cash, jewelry, watches, expensive sports shoes, basketball game tickets, hotel rooms and the use of luxury cars, according to his lawyer, George Plumides.
Plumides also told both ABC New’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” and “Nightline” that “the agent obstructed a murder investigation” and that the efforts of the FBI agent in question, Dante Jackson, complicated his client’s case leading to the murder charges pending against him.
“Well, it’s nice to have an FBI agent that is looking over your shoulder, I guess. But I think he was ill served. He didn’t get a bargain,” Plumides said.
You can watch the segment from Nightline below: