Saturday, October 20, 2012

Prosecution Witness Says Reputed Philly Mob Leader Seldom Threatened Him

George Anastasia, the Philadelphia Inquirer's veteran organized crime reporter, offers a piece on the organized crime federal trial in Philadelphia.

A South Philadelphia bookmaker who owed reputed mob leader Anthony Staino (seen in the above photo) between $60,000 and $80,000 rarely made his loan payments on time, and usually paid less than was due.

Yet, Henry Scipione testified Friday, Staino seldom threatened him or demanded more money.

Scipione, the first witness the prosecution called in the racketeering trial of Staino, reputed mob boss Joseph Ligambi, and five others, spent nearly six hours on the witness stand Friday detailing his role as a reluctant FBI informant between 2003 and 2007.

"It's not the way I was raised," said Scipione, 55, who spent most of his life in South Philadelphia. "You don't tell on your friends."

At another point, the former postal worker and admitted degenerate gambler said: "What I'm doing, they just don't do."

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