Hope to see you there.
Evelyn Cernadas Gard
Director, Public Relations &Marketing
Gateway Community College
60 Sargent Drive
New Haven, CT 06511
The Louis & Jerry Show:
aka the World's Greatest Counterfeiter (retired)
And His Cop Friend [retired]
New Haven - On Monday, November 10, 2008, from 1:45 - 2:45 p.m., investigator Jeff Declerck, Louis "The Coin" Colavecchio and retired Ct. State Police Det. Sgt. Jerry Longo will speak at Gateway Community College. The event, which is free and open to the public is hosted by - Professors Victor Medina and Franz Douskey and will take place in Gateway's Community Room (160).
Declerck, an investigator for Foxwoods and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, provided high-powered microscopes and legitimate and counterfeit tokens for inspection by students during the recent appearance at Western Connecticut State University.
Louis "The Coin's" enterprise, featured on the History Channel and the BBC, is described by a U.S. Secret Service agent as the largest coin counterfeiting case in their department's history.
"Louis came up with a brilliant plan," Longo, now a senior investigator at Mohegan Sun, said in the Foreword to Colavecchio's novel in progress. "We the Cops did, too. I do not condone his criminal behavior, but I understand it; he was very creative, an artist. I assisted in some small way with him going to jail and he served his time ... After spending time together after the case closed, we have developed a friendship. That's OK with me. I am no longer a trooper, having retired in 2003. He's retired, too, right?"
Coin's novel in progress, You Thought it Was More is already being highly acclaimed as "Remarkably crafted. Who would have thought Louis the Coin could be a vivid storyteller? He writes with commanding vigor." (James H. Smith, a New England journalist for nearly 40 years and author of "A Passion for Journalism.") Retired newspaper editor, USA Today and The Norwich Bulletin, Ed Dunn says, "Louis has nailed Rhode Island In The 1960s and 70s: Raymond, National Vending, the wise guys, the cars, the cash-carrying habits of certain individuals, travel tips in Italy and more."
Longo will introduce Colavecchio following a short power-point presentation. Colavecchio will read an excerpt from his forthcoming novel, "You Thought It Was More - The Real Providence Brought to Life." The manuscript also details adventures in Las Vegas, New Jersey and Italy, among other places. Both presenters will take questions. Colavecchio was such a great counterfeiter -- The Providence Journal reported -- that after he spent more than two years in federal prison for his handiwork, he was paid $18,000 by the feds as a consultant to explain why his manufacturing dies outlast those at the U.S. Mint.
For more information, contact Prof. Franz Douskey, (203) 285-2206, firstname.lastname@example.org, Prof. Victor Medina, (203) 285-2157 email@example.com or Andy Thibault, 860-690-0211, firstname.lastname@example.org