Prior to arriving to the Boston Division, Mr. Bonavolonta served for more than five years as a Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) of the Corporate/Securities fraud squad in the Newark Division. This squad was responsible for major economic crimes, to include Corporate/Securities fraud, Intellectual Property Rights, Internet Fraud, Wire and Mail fraud, and Money Laundering. Under Mr. Bonavolonta’s supervision, the squad generated some of the most significant economic crimes investigations in New Jersey, to include US v. Nevin Shapiro ($1 billion Ponzi scheme conducted by a major University of Miami football program booster); US v. Wiseguy Tickets (computer intrusion conducted on Ticketmaster Systems); and US v. Louis Berger Group ($65 million corporate plea in addition to criminal charges against the CEO, CFO, and Controller regarding one of the world’s largest Middle Eastern reconstruction firms).
Prior to receiving the position in Newark, Mr. Bonavolonta served as a Program Manager in the Organized Crime Section at FBI Headquarters in Washington D.C. where he was responsible for the coordination of organized crime cases throughout the country, as well as oversight of an international organized crime initiative with the Italian National Police, aimed at combating joint criminal operations between the American-based LCN Families and the Sicilian Mafia.
Prior to his assignment to FBI Headquarters, Mr. Bonavolonta served for 10 years in the New York Office of the FBI. As a Special Agent assigned to the Bonanno LCN Family organized crime squad, Mr. Bonavolonta was a case agent on several long-term, complex RICO investigations into the Bonanno LCN Family. These investigations led to the convictions and/or guilty pleas of more than 80 high-ranking members and associates of the Bonanno LCN Family. For his work on these investigations, Mr. Bonavolonta received the Attorney General’s Director’s Award in 2005.
Mr. Bonavolonta earned a B.A. in Political Science/Communications from Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ.