September 10, 2021 — Western Massachusetts mob enforcer Anthony (Fat Anthony) Scibelli was sentenced to six months in federal prison last week for assaulting a debtor. The assault occurred in Springfield, home to a longtime satellite wing of New York’s Genovese crime family. Scibelli got off relatively light, as prosecutors were seeking at least 18 months for his punishment
Scibelli, 54, pleaded guilty to extortion earlier this year in front of U.S. District Court Judge Mark Mastroianni, admitting to collecting a juice loan debt for the local mafia crew in Springfield in the parking lot of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Society Social Club, in the city’s South End two years ago. Mastroainni took it easy on Scibelli at last week’s sentencing hearing, doling out a prison term three times more lenient than the U.S. Attorneys Office sought as the minimum term.
The social club has been Ground Zero for area mob affairs for decades. Scibelli’s beating of a man who he had been friends with in the past, was recorded on an FBI body wire the debtor was wearing that afternoon 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 the skipper of the Springfield mob crew, Albert (The Animal) Calvanese, a convicted loanshark and a veteran staple of the Western Massachusetts underworld.
The debtor (someone Scibelli was attempting to collect a $40,000 loan sharking tab from) 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 The original street loan issued to the debtor was just $5,000.
“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.”
Calvanese, 58, wasn’t 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.