As a condition of his release from Oxford, Ciotti was ordered to spend at least one month in the halfway program at the Salvation Army building on Ashland Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. However, on his way to the Salvation Army, Ciotti made contact with Rudy Fratto and Willie Messino, Sr., in order to obtain a huge favor from their trusted associate, Joseph L. Giacchino, Jr.
The favor was granted by Fratto and Messino. Ciotti was cleared to meet with Giacchino to get what he wanted.
Upon meeting with Giacchino, Ciotti paid Giacchino 25-thousand dollars in cash. Giacchino said it had to go to Fratto and Messino, but who really knows where it went. In exchange for the money, Ciotti received a doctor’s note from Giacchino. With this note Ciotti was able to leave the Salvation Army for approximately 12-hours a day over nearly the entire month that he was ordered to reside there.
Where was he supposed to be spending these 12-hours? Would you believe under the doctors care? Well, that was certainly what Giacchino and his Outfit friends wanted the Federal Bureau of Prisons to believe. Giacchino masterminded a way to use an earlier medical aliment that Ciotti suffered from 6-months earlier as a reason Giacchino would need to treat Ciotti for over 300-hours during the month of July 2002.
The note was extremely vague and did not make much sense. However, the ambitious and hard-working employees of the Salvation Army (in connection with the Federal Bureau of Prisons) seemed to buy it without any problem, just as Giacchino suspected.