August 19, 2020 – Lawyers for alleged Springfield (MA) mafia enforcer Anthony Scibelli argued for more information regarding the identity of the feds’ star witness in his extortion case this week in a court hearing after it was revealed in recent case filings that the informant admitted to planning a takeover of the mob in Western Massachusetts on a recording device he forgot to turn off.
Last summer, Scibelli, 52, was indicted for collecting loansharking payments and beating a debtor in the parking lot of Springfield’s longtime mob headquarters, the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Society Social Club in the city’s South End. The alleged $5,000 loan which turned into $40,000 in juice profits is believed to have been given out by Scibelli’s boss, reputed crew skipper Albert (The Animal) Calvanese, a convicted loanshark.
The debtor, a “fixture at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Club,” per court records, began cooperating in May 2019. Weeks later, he taped Scibelli giving him a thrashing and cursing him out for being late on his juice payment. Scibelli was also recorded discussing “Albert” and the debtor not wanting to draw his ire.
“I want my money motherfucker….. you’re a real cocksucker,” the portly Scibelli yelled at the debtor as he pummeled him. “I want my money by the first of the month.”
Judging by the transcripts of the debtor on his “hot mic” that came out in recent filings and MassLive crime reporter Stephanie Barry first wrote about Tuesday, it appears the debtor was playing both sides of the proverbial fence, hoping to leverage his work for the feds into a cushy spot for himself as the city’s new mafia kingfish.
“At the end of the day, they’ll all go to jail and I’ll have my revenge won’t I?” the CI said to a friend.
The friend didn’t quite understand what he meant.
“Then what happens?” he asked the CI.
“Then I take over the whole city with my brother and five other people,” said the CI unknowing his FBI handlers would hear his plans.
Scibelli has pleaded not guilty in the case and is out on bind awaiting trial. He faces up to 20 years behind bars if convicted. Calvanese, 57, was never charged in connection with Scibelli’s collection efforts and assault. His loansharking bust stems from a 2006 case. Authorities believe Calvanese took command in the Springfield mob crew at some point in the 2010s after getting out of prison.
The Springfield mob is a satellite branch of New York’s Genovese crime family. Scibelli is a distant relative of the infamous Scibelli brothers, former crew bosses, Frank (Frankie Skyball) Scibelli and Albert (Baba) Scibelli.
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