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Reputed Mobster: I’ve Talked To Feds About Hoffa

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Jimmy Hoffa. (File Photo)

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DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - A man who believes he knows where Jimmy Hoffa was buried says he’s been interviewed three times by federal authorities since stepping forward in January.

Tony Zerilli told TV station WDIV that the FBI has enough information for a search warrant to dig in Oakland County. He says he answered every question from agents and prosecutors.

Zerilli, now 85, was convicted of organized crime as a reputed Mafia captain. He was in prison in 1975 when Hoffa disappeared from a Detroit-area restaurant but says he was informed about Hoffa’s whereabouts after his release.

Although it appears authorities have taken no action on Zerilli’s claim, local mob expert and author Scott Burnstein told CBS Detroit he believed this to be the biggest break in the Hoffa case since the union boss’ disappearance.

“I think this is the most credible person to ever come forward to talk about this story,” Bernstein said earlier this year, adding Zerilli is the son of Detroit mafia founder Joe Zerilli and served as the Detroit mob underboss from 1979 to 2002.

The FBI declined to comment Monday.

Hoffa was president of the Teamsters union until 1971. Zerilli has been promoting a book, “Hoffa Found.”

A website says the book will reveal details about Hoffa’s death.

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