• DA: Former Bulger witness poisoned, man charged


    WOBURN, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) – The Middlesex County District Attorney's office has made an arrest in the death of former James "Whitey" Bulger witness Stephen Rakes. 

    William Camuti, 69, of Sudbury, is charged with attempted murder, misleading police, and unlawful disposition of human remains in Rakes' death. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Friday and was ordered held without bail until a hearing Tuesday.

    At a press conference Friday afternoon, Ryan said Camuti lured Rakes to a McDonalds restaurant in Waltham. Ryan said Camuti put two teaspoons of potassium cyanide in Rakes' iced coffee and then drove around with Rakes in the car until he died. Ryan said he then dumped the body and removed all his identification.

    Ryan said that investigators believe Camuti and Rakes had known each other for years and that Camuti owed Rakes money. He was arrested in Boston on Friday.

    The alleged James "Whitey" Bulger extortion victim was found dead two weeks ago in Lincoln. His body was found shortly after he was removed from the prosecution's witness list in Bulger's trial.

    Ryan said investigators believe Camuti acted alone and Rakes' death was not connected to the Bulger trial.

    Camuti was convicted in 1993 of 11 counts of mail fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud investors. Court records show Camuti was soliciting money from a group of Waltham businessmen, promising to invest their money in mortgages and never following through.

    Camuti was ordered to pay $2.5 million in the case.

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