Ronald Fino’s life sounds like a mix of The Godfather and James Bond. As the son of a Mafia capo, Fino ultimately decided the mob was not for him. Instead, he became an undercover operative for the FBI and CIA, traveling the world and cleaning up crime and corruption wherever he went. His story is now told in the upcoming documentary Mr. Undercover.
View the trailer of Mr. Undercover at the bottom of this page.
Born in Buffalo, New York, Fino’s father Joe was a captain in the Buffalo crime family under long-time mob boss Stefano Magaddino. Under the protection of his powerful father, Fino joined the corrupt Laborers’ Local 210, which was controlled by Magaddino.
There he saw how the corruptive influence of the mob messed with the lives of honest, hardworking citizens. He decided to run for business manager and clean up the union. He found out that things don’t work that way. The Mafia is not a democratic machine.
Seeing no other way to clean up the crime and corruption, he became a contract employee for the FBI and for 17 years reported everything he learned about the Buffalo mob family back to them.
After his cover was blown he went to work undercover in Russia, the Middle East, Belarus and was in the middle of international arms negotiations and tried to broker peace in Gambia after a coup ousted their president.
He has taught at FBI Academy in Quantico, VA, the CIA in McClain VA, worked in Moscow, Russia, Toronto, Ontario, Washington. DC, Las Vegas, Cleveland, Chicago, New York City, Boston, and Buffalo, NY.
This is the first-hand story of one of America’s most interesting covert FBI operatives. From infiltrating corrupt labor unions to the Russian Mafia and international arms smuggling. This story will surely fascinate anyone interested in international politics, espionage, arms smuggling or the American, Italian and Russian Mafias.
Check out the trailer for Mr. Undercover below:
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