Paul Bergrin, 53, a former federal prosecutor, and three others were arrested this week on charges relating to the murder of a witness in a drug case as well as racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering charges. He is also accused of trying to hire a hitman. Prosecutors says that Bergrin had a favorite saying: “He liked to say ‘No witnesses, no case.”
The murder allegation refers to the killing of a confidential witness in a federal drag case. The alleged attempt to hire a hit man occurred in Chicago in another drug case. Prosecutors say that the hitman turned out to be a cooperating witness.
He is also accused of coaching witnesses to lie. In one case, Norberto Velez, of Newark was accused of murdering his wife by stabbing her 27 times in front of their 8-year-old daughter. The child changed her story and said on the stand that Bergrin coached her to lie on the stand.
Bergrin was an assistant U.S. Attorney and pleaded guilty this month to two misdemeanor counts for his involvement with a prostitution ring, as discussed earlier.
Eight witnesses have either died or lied in Bergrin’s cases.
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