Animal Kingdom: Govt. Has Springfield Mobster In The Crosshairs, Crony Pinched For Extortion

The feds in Western Massachusetts are breathing down the neck of reputed Springfield mob crew boss Albert (The Animal) Calvanese. One of the Calvanese’s alleged lieutenants Anthony Scibelli was arrested two weeks ago for collecting juice loan payments and assaulting a wired-up debtor in front of Calvanese’s headquarters, the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Social Club earlier this summer. The club has long been an epicenter of underworld activity in the area.

Scibelli, 51, seems to reference Calvanese in one of the conversations his victim recorded. In another, he threatens to beat his brother-in-law with a walker used by his brother-in-law’s wife. He’s pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released Monday afternoon on bond to await trial from home confinement.

Per sources, the FBI and Massachusetts State Police have the 56-year old Calvanese and the social club under constant surveillance. Due to his cagey maneuvering since assuming the reins of the Springfield mafia regime, Calvanese avoided being indicted in federal and state racketeering cases targeting the city’s mob crew that dropped in the late summer of 2016.

Calvanese is a convicted loan shark and Springfield gangland figure who traces his roots back to the final glory days of the mob in Western Massachusetts when Frank (Frankie Sky Ball) Scibelli, his brothers “Baba” and “Turk” and his street boss Adolfo (Big Al) Bruno ruled over the local mafia with regal flair. Anthony Scibelli is a distant relative of the Scibelli brothers. The Springfield mob crew has always been a satellite wing of New York’s powerful Genovese crime family.

Bruno took over from the Scibellis in the early 2000s. Like Calvanese, Bruno headquartered out of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Social Club. The larger-than-life mobster, famous for fat cigars, wise cracks to the press and a vast network of political connections was assassinated in November 2003, gunned down in the club’s parking lot as he walked to his SUV following his weekly Sunday card game.

Bruno’s protege, Anthony (Bingy) Arillotta, then just in his early 30s, coordinated details of the hit on orders from Genovese crime family boss Arthur (Little Artie) Nigro and replaced Bruno as skipper of the Springfield mob crew. Arillotta pleaded guilty to Bruno’s slaying in 2010 and testified against Nigro in court.

Calvanese and Anthony Scibelli worked for Arillotta and Bruno before that. Scibelli’s State Street Tavern was vandalized in the weeks preceding Bruno’s execution and Bruno demanded that Frankie Roche, the man who would go on to shoot him to death, make restitution to Scibelli for the damage.

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