Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Mob Trial Jurors Hear Of Serenade For A Takeover
Veteran organized crime reporter George Anastasia is covering the federal racketeering trial in New Jersey for Bigtrial.net.
It was mood music for a corporate takeover.
A few hours after a rowdy shareholders meeting formalized what federal authorities allege was Salvatore Pelullo's secret takeover of FirstPlus Financial, Pelullo hosted a celebratory dinner for company officers and members of the board of directors at a posh steakhouse in Dallas.
As he sat at the head of a long table in a private dining room at DelFrisco's on that night in October 2007, a violinist serenaded Pelullo repeatedly with the same song, said Robert O'Neal, then chairman of the board and president of FirstPlus.
O'Neal, testifying for the prosecution at the racketeering trial of Pelullo, mobster Nicodemo S. Scarfo and five other defendants, said the song was all too familiar and somewhat ominous.
"It was the theme from The Godfather," he said in response to a question from Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Small.
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