Did Bruce pay Informant Ignasiak $80,000 to lie in Chosen Few Case?

Last week we wrote about an apparent miscarriage of justice perpetrated by former Assistant US Attorney Anthony M. Bruce as he prosecuted 20 innocent men who were members of a Depew, NY motorcycle club called the Chosen Few.

Bruce saw his case fall apart as his informant David Ignasiak was revealed to be a serial liar, a drug addict, a criminal ready to prompt men to potentially injure, even murder each other, and was possibly coached to lie.

After last week’s Chosen Few story, people started calling to tell what they knew.

The story will need to be told in installments over weeks.

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Anthony M. Bruce. His victims actually call him ‘Brucifer’.

This week we will preview some of what we learned.

In some indictments, Bruce refers to defendants by their first and last names and sometimes adds a nickname.  Ironically, Bruce seems to have picked up a nickname himself which is used by some of his victims.

They call him “Brucifer”.

Among other information we learned this week is that Ignasiak was known to be unreliable by law enforcement long before the indictments of the 20 innocent men.

Part of the case against the Chosen Few was that they allegedly used pipe bombs, or as Bruce once called them, “Molotov Cocktails,” to attack rival gangs.

Bruce brought charges against the president of the club, Alex Koschtschuk, and other members of the Chosen Few with conspiracy to possess, test and throw pipe bombs – charging some with attempted murder – at the clubhouse of the Lonely Ones, a motorcycle club in Blasdell.

Bruce knew these “pipe bombs” were m80 firecrackers, as we shall show in future stories.

No one was injured by the firecrackers.

As part of their investigation, the federal government bugged the Chosen Few’s clubhouse in Depew. A law enforcement source told us they heard “Lots of ‘felony talk’ but no felonies. Guys talking tough. (Bruce) was trying to make something out of it. He wanted to get a motorcycle gang. One time someone’s girlfriend asked one of the guys to bring home a watermelon. An agent said, ‘that’s code for cocaine.’ But it wasn’t. The guy really brought home a watermelon.”

After years of listening, there was no record of drugs being sold. One guy was caught on tape with a girl. Except for Ignasiak, who was high as a kite on cocaine, no one used hard drugs.

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