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percy sutton

Famed Harlem politician and businessman Percy Sutton was investigated by the  FBI  in the 1980s for allegedly taking a bribe from Genovese mob capo William “Billy the Butcher” Masselli in exchange for city construction contracts, newly released federal files show. By Ginger Adams Otis ,Ny Post

Sutton’s alleged bribe-taking — during his days as Manhattan borough president from 1965 to 1977 — grew out of a larger FBI wiretapping probe into Masselli.

The taped conversations led investigators to dozens of potential bribery and extortion cases against politicians and union heads, but the prosecution was dropped when a key informant who worked with Masselli turned out to be tainted. He was suspected of murdering as many as 10 people.

Sutton was never charged with wrongdoing.