Tony Nastasi is different from any mobster-turned-informant you've ever read about. He didn't get busted by the feds and then forced into cooperating. He spent his whole life in various business associations with New York Mafia families, then, volunteered to help the FBI because he became disgusted by what he saw. He owned high-priced escort services in New York and Las Vegas, very similar to the Emperor's Club that is now in the news. His work for the FBI helped to thwart a mob takeover of the entire escort service industry. Along the way, he butted heads with mob hit-men, including Vinnie the Aspirin, known for using a power drill to torture his victims. Another of his adversaries was a former mercenary nicknamed the Angel of Death.
Tony's undercover work for the FBI was never revealed to the public until he accidentally became enmeshed in the P Diddy/Jennifer Lopez gunshot scandal. Nastasi has been living underground ever since, in an undisclosed location and with a new name. If the mob could find him, they'd kill him. Still, he declined to enter the Witness Protection program, preferring to call his own shots with no restrictions imposed by the feds.
Nastasi never granted an interview to anyone until he approached George Knapp a few months ago and started telling the story of his incredible life, characters, mob bosses, celebrities, hookers, killers, and piles of money.
In his very first radio interview, mafia associate turned government operative Tony Nastasi spoke with George Knapp (email) about his life inside the mob. As a youngster, Nastasi said he did occasional work for Joey Gallo in New York, and later graduated into the loan shark business. In the early 1980s, he took over an escort business in New York City and made it financially successful with some 500-700 girls working for his agency. Dubbed the "King Pimp of NY" by the media, he was reportedly making $6 million a year.But after a few years, a new Mafia regime took over and pushed for Nastasi to use girls trafficked in from foreign countries, against their will. He objected to this and subsequently a murder attempt was made on him, in which his car was run off the road in upstate New York. After this, he went to the FBI and offered to become an informant for them. He wore a wire during mob negotiations related to escort services in Las Vegas. His work helped send to prison such n ... More »Host: George Knapp