MOB WIVES RENEE HUSBAND IS A FBI SNITCH
‘Mob Wives’ goes from reality to real with arrests
By MICHAEL STARR
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.
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THE WIRE: Renee Graziano’s ex-husband Hector (left) was revealed yesterday as a mob turncoat who’s secretly been taping her capo father, Anthony (right).
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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.”
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