Veteran organized crime reporter and author George Anastasia (seen in the above photo) offers a piece at bigtrial.net on a South Philly autobody shop owner who faces additional charges.
More bad news for Ron Galati, the South Philadelphia autobody shop owner with the Godfather complex.
The Philadelphia District Office announced this morning that it has expanded the insurance fraud charges against Galati and two of his co-defendants, his son Ron Jr. and Robert Otterson.
The new charges include allegations that the three set up a scheme that steered repair work on Philadelphia Police Department and other city vehicles to Galati's autobody shop where charges were inflated and repair work exaggerated. The DA alleges that the scheme netted the trio $400,000 in illegal funds.
Galati, his son and Otterson are among a group of defendants scheduled for trial in September. An original indictment alleged a $5 million insurance fraud scheme and included charges that Galati Sr. had hired two hitmen to kill two rival autobody shop operators who were cooperating in a grand jury investigation.
Galati, 65, is already serving a lengthy federal sentence following his conviction on charges that he hired the same two hitmen to murder his then estranged daughter's boyfriend. The boyfriend survived the shooting and the hitmen became cooperating witnesses.
“Ronald Galati, Sr.; Ronald Galati, Jr., and Robert Otterson thought that defrauding the people of the City of Philadelphia of over four hundred thousand dollars was a good idea; it wasn’t," District Attorney Seth Williams said in announcing the expanded charges. "And I can assure them that my Office and our partners in government will do everything we can to ensure that they are punished to the fullest extent of the law.”
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