Ex-husband of “Mafia Wives” Star Renee Graziano, Hector “Junior” Pagan, Wore a Wire For FBI, Helps Put Anthony Graziano Back in Jail (2024)

Ex-husband of “Mafia Wives” Star Renee Graziano, Hector “Junior” Pagan, Wore a Wire For FBI, Helps Put Anthony Graziano Back in Jail

The drama began last week after Junior and his former father-in-law were arrested on Staten Island during filming for season 2 of the VH1 show. But late last week, Renee and the other cast members discovered Junior’s secret after a report in the online mob newsletter ganglandnews.com revealed Junior had been secretly taping conversations with Renee’s dad Anthony for the FBI.

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Mob Wives’ Junior Pagan Outed As FBI Informant, Helps Put Ex-Wife Renee Graziano’s Dad Back In Jail
December 5, 2011 by Capo
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In today’s extremely shocking Mob Wives news, the NY Post is reporting that Renee Graziano’s ex-husband Hector “Junior” Pagan has been wearing a wire for the FBI for the past year.

Even more shocking, Junior, who reportedly flipped for the FBI and became their informant last summer, has now helped put Renee’s father — Bonanno crime family capo Anthony Graziano — back in jail. Anthony, 71, was just recently from prison after finishing up a long sentence.

The drama began last week after Junior and his former father-in-law were arrested on Staten Island during filming for season 2 of the VH1 show. But late last week, Renee and the other cast members discovered Junior’s secret after a report in the online mob newsletter ganglandnews.com revealed Junior had been secretly taping conversations with Renee’s dad Anthony for the FBI.

Renee’s sister and show creator Jennifer Graziano opened up about the shocking ordeal to the NY Post. “The first inclination is always to say, ‘Shut it down,’ ” a shaken up Jennifer told The Post of the show. “It is a reality show, and I knew this was going to be personal to me going into this,” she said. “But I didn’t know this was going to happen.”

Reports state that Junior, who was facing a long prison term for armed robbery, agreed to wear a wire and record conversations with his ex-father-in-law. Those recordings reportedly caught Renee’s dad Anthony instructing Junior to collect a $150,000 loanshark debt from an unidentified man.

Junior, who has a 17-year-old son with Renee, was reportedly set to have a bigger role on the VH1 show this season. In fact, the NY Post reveals that on first episode of season 2, set to debut Jan. 1, Junior can be seen pacing outside a federal courthouse in Brooklyn, telling Renee over the phone that he had been offered a deal by prosecutors on an earlier arrest.

Renee’s sister Jennifer however makes it clear the show must go on as they have only filmed seven out of the 12 episodes scheduled for season 2.“We’re making a reality show, and this is the reality of what’s going on,” said Jennifer.

As for how Renee is taking the news, Jennifer states: “Renee is an open book and lets people into her life because she wants people to understand what she’s going through.” Renee has also been quoting bible verses on her twitter page as she tweeted over the weekend, “Evn whn I hve troubles all around me U, GOD will keep me alive! Whn my enemies r angry U, GOD will reach dwn n sve me w ur pwer. Psalm 138:7.”

When it comes to her father, Jennifer says, “He spoke to my mother and he just said he wished he could have had Thanksgiving with his family. He’s [locked up] and he’s going to deal with it.”

Pretty shocking news indeed. Oddly enough, Renee and her cast members have always made such a big deal about their dislike for “rats.” In fact, Renee did not want to rekindle a friendship with costar Karen Gravano last season due to the fact that her father Sammy “The Bull” Gravano also became an informant for the FBI.

So will Renee, who has admittedly had a hard time letting go of her ex, continue to stand by him? There have been reports that the two had in fact reconciled and were dating again. We will have to wait and see on the upcoming season. But safe to say season 2 will be GOOOD.

Below is a picture of Renee with her son AJ, her sister Jennifer and her son, alongside her ex-husband Junior. Also below is a pic of Renee’s parents.

Hubby a snitch
By MICHAEL STARR, NY POST, December 2, 2011
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The “Mob Wives” yesterday found out that one of the cast members has been wearing a wire for the FBI.

Not as a reality TV stunt. For real.

The ex-husband of “Wives” star Renee Graziano, Hector “Junior” Pagan, who was seen regularly on the hit reality series last year and was set to play a prominent role in the upcoming season, was reportedly flipped by the feds last summer.

And his first victim was no less than Bonanno crime family capo Anthony Graziano — the father of Renee and show creator Jennifer Graziano.

Pagan, a family associate, was arrested on Staten Island last week — in the midst of filming the series’ upcoming season — along with his former father-in-law.

But yesterday the cast and crew learned from a report in the online mob newsletter ganglandnews.com that Pagan had been secretly taping conversations with the elder Graziano for the government.

It was a jolt of real-life drama for the show that has relied heavily on mob stereotypes and hair-pulling brawls.

“The first inclination is always to say, ‘Shut it down,’ ” a shaken Jennifer told The Post of the show yesterday.

“It is a reality show, and I knew this was going to be personal to me going into this,” she said. “But I didn’t know this was going to happen.”

According to reports, Pagan — who was looking at a long prison term for armed robbery for his role in allegedly sticking up a high-stakes poker game — agreed to wear a wire and record conversations with his ex-father-in-law.

The tape reportedly caught the elder Graziano instructing Pagan to collect a $150,000 loanshark debt from an unidentified man.

Graziano, 71, recently finished a substantial prison sentence when he was arrested at home last week.

Pagan — father of Renee’s 17-year-old son AJ, who also appears on the show — appeared in several episodes of the VH1 show last season and was slated to be a bigger character this season, Jennifer said.

In the first episode of the new season, set to begin Jan. 1, Pagan is shown pacing outside the federal courthouse in downtown Brooklyn, telling Renee via cellphone that he had been offered a deal by prosecutors on an earlier arrest.

The show has completed shooting seven of a scheduled 12 episodes and will incorporate yesterday’s real-life drama into its storyline, Jennifer said.

“We’re making a reality show, and this is the reality of what’s going on,” she said.

How is Renee reacting to the news?

“Renee is an open book and lets people into her life because she wants people to understand what she’s going through,” Jennifer replied.

The sisters claimed last year that their father had cut off all contact with them because he did not approve of the TV show.

Jennifer said her father is now “taking it as it comes.”

As for learning that his ex-son-in-law helped put him in jail again, “I’m sure he’s not thrilled,” she said.

“He spoke to my mother and he just said he wished he could have had Thanksgiving with his family. He’s (locked up) and he’s going to deal with it.”

Ex-husband of “Mafia Wives” Star Renee Graziano, Hector “Junior” Pagan, Wore a Wire For FBI, Helps Put Anthony Graziano Back in Jail (2024)

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Ex-husband of “Mafia Wives” Star Renee Graziano, Hector “Junior” Pagan, Wore a Wire For FBI, Helps Put Anthony Graziano Back in Jail? ›

Ex-husband of “Mafia Wives” Star Renee Graziano, Hector “Junior” Pagan, Wore a Wire For FBI, Helps Put Anthony Graziano Back in Jail. The drama began last week after Junior and his former father-in-law were arrested on Staten Island during filming for season 2 of the VH1 show.

What happened to Renee's husband Junior? ›

He was married to ex-wife Renee Graziano and together they had one son, Anthony John "AJ" Pagan (born April 23, 1994). Junior was a mobster who became a DEA informat, giving evidence against Renee's father and in 2014, Junior was sentenced to eleven years' imprisonment for murder.

What did Anthony Graziano do? ›

In September 2002, Graziano was indicted on federal racketeering and extortion charges, bookmaking, and murder based on recorded conversations with his son-in-law and Hector Pagan Graziano, Jr. and conspiracy to commit murder. On July 18, 2003, Graziano was sentenced to 11 years in prison on the Florida charges.

Did Renee's husband snitch on her father? ›

Pagan wore a hidden 'wire' recorder and taped Graziano's father as part of an undercover Drug Enforcement Administration probe. Speaking of her devastation over her husband's betrayal, she told the Post: 'They're in "The Life" with you one day, and then cooperating the next. 'My son is taking it very hard.

Is Anthony Graziano still alive? ›

Graziano (November 12, 1940 – May 25, 2019) was an American mobster and consigliere in the Bonanno crime family.

Who is Renee Graziano's son? ›

Family. Graziano lives in Staten Island, New York City. Her former husband, Hector Pagan, Jr., was a mobster who became a DEA informant, and gave evidence against her father, Anthony Graziano. They have one son, AJ.

Who is Hector Pagan? ›

Brigadier General Hector E. Pagan (born 1957) is a United States Army officer who is the first Hispanic of Puerto Rican descent to become Deputy Commanding General of the U.S.Army John F.

Who is Big Ang's daughter? ›

What did Renee Graziano OD on? ›

The drug turned out to be fentanyl, and she overdosed. While chatting on Bunnie XO's "Dumb Blonde" podcast, Graziano said she had a tough year and "just couldn't come up for air. Everything just started piling up."

Who has Renee Graziano dated? ›

Joey is Renee's serious boyf on the show but the last public relationship Renee seemed to be in was with former NBA player Sam Mack. Renee says she and Joe have been in a relationship for two years and that it has remained a "secret" because he doesn't want to commit to her.

Who is Karen Gravano's daughter? ›

What did Renee Graziano's husband do? ›

Reports state that Junior, who was facing a long prison term for armed robbery, agreed to wear a wire and record conversations with his ex-father-in-law. Those recordings reportedly caught Renee's dad Anthony instructing Junior to collect a $150,000 loanshark debt from an unidentified man.

Who is Drita's husband? ›

Legal issues. D'Avanzo and her husband Lee D'Avanzo, who federal prosecutors allege is the leader of the Bonanno and Colombo crime family farm team, were arrested on December 19, 2019; they were charged with criminal drug and multiple firearms possession after a search warrant was executed on their home.

Who did Junior Rat on? ›

The rumors that have everyone on Staten Island chirping hit the New York Post, confirming that Junior is a "rat" and has been wearing a wire on Renee's father. The rumors that have everyone on Staten Island chirping hit the New York Post, confirming that Junior is a "rat" and has been wearing a wire on Renee's father.

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