Despite being hunted by the FBI for years, Tony Soprano is never prosecuted or jailed. That is amazing. In Tony’s own words, it always ends in two ways for mob bosses: in jail or dead. Although he never receives a prison sentence, it is still speculated that Tony is killed by a member’s Man in a Unique Jacket during those final minutes in the series finale.
Throughout the series, good FBI agents go out of their way to catch Tony Soprano. They bug his basement and turn several of his associates into informants. Neither of these tactics worked. But even though the FBI informants did not incriminate Tony, his actions lead to the arrest and prosecution of several other members of the mob.
10 Carlo Gervasi
It is impossible to support the homophobic Carlo Gervasi. It exposes Vito’s sexuality, causing the mobster to flee to avoid being killed. And even though he’s given a lot of responsibility, he’s not good at his job, Tony once complained that Carlo doesn’t earn much.
Carlo’s case is unfortunate because he stays loyal for so long only to turn against his colleagues in the series finale. Garlo decides to cooperate with the FBI to close a deal for his son, who has been arrested on drug-related charges. Despite his annoying features, Carlo is never hit.
9 Febby Petrulio
Although he only appears on the series for a combined total of 15 minutes, Febby is remembered as the renegade who is strangled by Tony in the critically acclaimed episode “College.” Tony sees him at a gas station while searching for colleges with his daughter Meadow.
The former mobster ranks low on this list because he had a good thing in the witness protection program, but blew it. He got expelled from the program for drug trafficking. In this way, he was put out in the open, so Tony managed to kill him.
8 Jack Massarone
The owner of the construction company, Jack Massarone, is easily played by Tony. The mob boss organizes a protest in the company of Jack, forcing him to seek the help of the DiMeo family to stop it. Tony promises to stop the protests if he gets a piece of the business. Jack agrees but gets angry. Eventually he begins to give away.
During his meetings with Tony, he wears a baseball cap. However, Jack is not confident enough, making Tony suspicious. Tony finally orders a hit and Massarone’s body is found in the trunk of a car.
7 Eugenio Pontecorvo
Eugene’s career as a grown man is decent until his dead aunt’s will names him heir to her fortune. His wife sees no need for him to continue in the mob, so she begins to pressure him to resign so they can move to Miami and live a peaceful life. He makes the request to Tony, but Tony refuses.
It is soon discovered that Eugene is also working with the FBI. After Ray’s death, the feds also prevent him from moving to Miami so that he can help them build a case against Tony. Feeling trapped, Eugene takes his own life.
6 Jimmy Altieri
Kingpin Jimmy Altieri’s brief stint as an informant is mainly due to the fact that none of his superiors like him. When a corrupt FBI agent tells Tony that Big Pussy is snitching, Tony thinks the agent is mistaking Pussy for Jimmy, as the two have similar body shapes. It doesn’t help that Jimmy keeps asking too many questions, which makes Tony suspicious of him.
The FBI agent dies without Tony confirming who he was referring to, so he concludes that Jimmy is the informant and not Pussy. Turns out they both work for the FBI. Jimmy is eventually killed by Silvio and Christopher, who first taunt him by telling him to ask his FBI friends for help through his telegram.
5 Larry ‘Lorenzo’ Barese
Lorenzo is often portrayed as a secretive and humorous member of the DiMeo crime family, therefore it comes as a surprise when he is later revealed to be an informant. Barese’s crew chief helps the FBI locate the body of a murder victim who was killed by Tony more than 25 years ago.
Lorenzo is not given a lot of character development, which makes him your average whistleblower. Interestingly, Anthony Borgese, the actor who played Larry Barese, was a real life member of the Gambino crime family. He served 6 months under house arrest after being convicted of extortion.
4 Salvatore bonpensiero
Big Pussy is the most popular informant on the show. It takes a couple of years before any of your colleagues find out that you are working with the FBI. It would have stayed that way for a while, if Tony hadn’t had a weird dream that suggested Big Pussy was giving away.
The character initially does a good job covering his tracks. He even kills a fellow mafia who sees him talking to his FBI handler. And when he disappears for a time, he lies that he had gone to a foreign country to seek treatment. In his last days, he begins to enjoy his secret job too much and begins to hunt down suspects like a cop. It is fun to watch. Sadly, it doesn’t make it past season 2.
3 Jimmy Petrille
In the season 5 finale, it appears that the consigliere has been an informant since 1981. Since the events of the episode took place in 2004, Petrille’s status as a rat spans 23 years. That is pretty impressive. Petrille’s cooperation gives the FBI a lot of meat so they can go after Lupertazzi’s deputy chief, Johnny Sack.
The police raid Johnny’s house when he is with Tony. Luckily, Tony manages to escape. Tony later learns that Petrille was the snitch, but he never gave any information about the DiMeo family. Petrille isn’t killed for snitching either, so he gets extra points for that. It is alleged that he entered the witness protection program.
Adriana ranks high on this list because the FBI tries so hard to get her to cooperate, but fails. First, the office uses a female agent to make friends with her, but this plan fails when Christopher punches the agent, causing the friendship to fall apart. The FBI then takes Adriana in to cooperate by force, but she avoids giving the agents meaningful information.
When threatened with a prison sentence for covering up a murder, she still refuses to cooperate. Instead, she opens up to Cristopher. This act of loyalty should have caused the DiMeo crime family to forgive her. Instead, Christopher tells Tony that he orders Silvio to hit her. It’s a sad ending for such an intriguing character.
1 Raymond ‘Buffalo Ray’ Curto
Ray takes first place because he is so careful that his whistleblower activities are never discovered by his fellow mobsters. He dies with his secret when he suffers a stroke in the car of an FBI agent.
Given his age and numerous appearances, he may be able to give the FBI a lot of incriminating information. Her motivations for snitching are never revealed, although it is suggested that it has to do with her son’s expensive treatment. Ray had to be out in order to keep earning and pay for his son’s medication.
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