Lost Identity

Going too far under cover

Last November at Bacon's, a department store outside Louisville, the store detective nabbed a man she thought was about to steal $157 worth of clothing. He said his name was Pat Salamone and produced a driver's license as identification. Louisville police booked Salamone and discovered that he was actually Patrick Livingston, a local FBI agent.

As part of an FBI sting operation from 1977 until 1980, Livingston used the alias "Pat Salamone" while masquerading as a Miami pornography distributor. He hobnobbed with gangsters, buying their smut, counterfeit Hollywood films and even 50 submachine guns. The sting ended in...

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