April 12, 2021 – Springfield (MA) mob strong arm Anthony (Fat Anthony) Scibelli pleaded guilty to extortion in federal court last week, admitting to collecting a debt for the local mafia syndicate. Springfield is a longtime outpost of the Genovese crime family out of New York. The 53-year old Scibelli was tape-recorded beating a debtor in the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Society Social Club parking lot in Springfield’s South End in June 2019.
The Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Society Social Club has acted as Ground Zero for the mob in Western Massachusetts for decades. These days, the club is run by reputed de-facto skipper of the Springfield mob crew, Albert (The Animal) Calvanese, a convicted loanshark and mafia affiliate.
The debtor (someone Scibelli beat up over a $40,000 debt that began as a $5,000 street loan) is described in federal court records as a “fixture at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Club.” Scibelli was recorded discussing “Albert” and the fact that the debtor should avoid angering him.
“I want my money motherfucker….. you’re a real cocksucker,” said Scibelli as he pounded the debtor, throwing him a beating outside the club after a card game. “I want my money by the first of the month.”
Scibelli is free on bond until his September sentence hearing. He will most likely receive an 18-month to two-year bid behind bars. The debt in question
Calvanese, 58, has never been charged in connection with Scibelli’s case. Authorities believe Calvanese took command of the Springfield mob crew in the 2010s after violent infighting, natural attrition and a series of government defections decimated the once well-oiled-machine of a rackets combine.
Scibelli is a distant relative of the notorious Scibelli brothers, former crew bosses, Frank (Frankie Skyball) Scibelli and Albert (Baba) Scibelli, who died in 2000 and 2012 respectively. Calvanese came up in the mob as a collector for the Scibelli brothers, per sources.