A recent story in the Times about bail baby-sitters for high-profile and rich alleged criminals zoomed in on former NYPD detective Nick Casale, the state-sanctioned nanny who monitored Bernie Madoff’s bail and made sure the fraudster made it to court and otherwise stayed put in his posh apartment. But the Times story didn’t devote even one word to Casale’s own colorful tangles with lawyers and courts.
Many of Casale’s problems stemmed from a high-profile 2003 saga in which he and the NYPD’s former police chief, Louis Anemone, went to the Times itself to blow the whistle on what they said was corruption at the MTA. Both then were fired by the MTA.
Casale and Anemone, longtime sidekicks, still work together at a busy P.I. and security firm, Casale Associates. (There’s not a word about the 2003 MTA fracas in either’s bios there.) It’s probably a lively place. The Times memorably said of Anemone when he resigned in 1999 that his “browbeating style was credited for both bringing down crime and elevating the blood pressure of many officers.”
Veteran cop-news columnist Leonard Levitt noted with dark humor at the time of the 2003 hubbub the shock that Casale and Anemone, of all people, were claiming to be whistleblowers. Not that they were necessarily wrong on all counts about what was going on at the MTA.
Anemone and Casale claimed that their firings were in retaliation for an investigation they were conducting into MTA corruption. They were fired six weeks after they went to the Times charging that agency officials had impeded their inquiries, and two days after they announced that they claimed to have uncovered significant corruption.
As the NYPD’s highest-ranking uniformed officer until late 1999, Anemone was known in some quarters as the “Dark Prince,” legendary for his blunt, often vitriolic talk. (Anemone once publicly tongue-lashed Rudy Giuliani’s friend Howard Koeppel severely enough to make Koeppel cry, according to reports.) In 2001, Anemone went to the MTA as security chief (with Casale as his deputy), but they lasted less than two years. (Both have lost suits against the MTA but say they are still appealing those defeats.)
Leavitt summed up the fracas this way: