Harold Paul Rico (April 29, 1925 – January 14, 2004) was a FBI agent. Indicted for murder in 2003, he played a significant role in the 1968 framing of four men for murder, unjustly imprisoning them for decades.
Rico was born in 1925, the son of a Spanish-American father and an Irish-American mother. He attended and graduated from Boston College. He joined the FBI in the 1950's and worked in the Boston area and he used members of the Winter Hill Gang as informants.
In 1956 he recognized a disguised James "Whitey" Bulger in a Revere bar and arrested him. In 1965 Rico received word that gangster Edward Deegan was going to be killed by members of the The Winter Hill Gang but did nothing. He then watched as Joe Barboza testified in court against four men they both knew to be innocent of the crime: Peter Limone, Henry Tameleo, Joe Salvati and Louis Greco. Tameleo died 1985 in prison and Greco died 1995 in prison, too; Salvati was released in 1997, and Limone in 2001. During U.S. House Judiciary Committee hearings in October 2003 looking into the Deegan killing, Rico responded to questions about the innocent men imprisoned with "What do you want, tears?
On October 9, 2003 Rico was indicted for murder in Oklahoma and Florida for the assassination of the millionaire Roger Wheeler on May 27, 1981. He died on January 16, 2004 in a Tulsa hospital where he was moved to from prison. He was still under indictment for the 1981 murder.