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Don Manno Gets His Life Back
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net Don Manno sat in a restaurant at the Cherry Hill Mall one day last week eating a piece of salmon and talking about the future. But the past, the immediate past, kept intruding into his conversation. It was one week exact...
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Verdict In FirstPlus Trial, But Deliberations Contniue
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net It looks like the jury has voted to convict in the FirstPlus Financial racketeering fraud trial. But at this point we don't know which one -- or how many -- of the seven defendants have been found guilty. Jury deliberati...
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Jury Deliberations Continue In Scarfo Fraud Trial
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net The jury completed a fourth day of deliberations this afternoon without reaching a verdict in the FirstPlus racketeering fraud trial of Nicodemo S. Scarfo and six co-defendants. The anonymously chosen panel of seven wome...
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A Juror's View Of The Nicodemo Trial
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net She listened to two days of testimony in the Anthony Nicodemo murder trial last month and said she wasn't buying the defense argument that Nicodemo was carjacked and became an unwitting getaway driver in the murder of Gi...
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Layers Of An Onion Define Multi-Million Dollar FirstPlus Fraud
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net A federal prosecutor used mobster Nicodemo S. Scarfo's own words today to describe the alleged  takeover and looting of a Texas-based mortgage company that is at the heart of what authorities charge was a $12 million sca...
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Galati Hits The Trifecta, Indicted For A Third Time
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net Ron Galati, the Don Corleone of the auto repair business, hit a trifecta this afternoon when he was indicted for a third time in an ongoing investigation by city, state and federal authorities. The latest charges, announ...
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Verdict ExpectedToday In FirstPlus Trial
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net Verdicts are expected today in the FirstPlus Financial racketeering fraud trial. The anonymously chosen jury panel sent a note to Judge Robert Kugler at the end of yesterday's deliberations indicating it was close to a f...
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Verdict In FirstPlus Trial, But Deliberations Contniue
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net The jury has reached a verdict on some of the charges in the FirstPlus Financial fraud trial, but is still wrestling with others. Based on questions the jury has submitted to Judge Robert Kugler last week it appears the ...
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FirstPlus Trial Heading To The Jury
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net After nearly six months of testimony and more than a week of detailed and grueling closing arguments, jury deliberations are set to being in the FirstPlus Financial racketeering fraud trial of mobster Nicodemo S. Scarfo ...
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I've been writing about this for a while:
THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 2011
Shredded Justice, Rolling Stone & The difference between Mafia and Wall Street

Nicky Scarfo  allegedly dabbled in mortgage derivatives with “FirstPlus Finiancial Group Inc.”
http://coatesvilledems.blogspot.com/2011/08/shredded-justice-rolling-stone.html
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Mafia Smoke, No Fire In Fraud Case, Pelullo's Lawyer Says
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net He wasn't a gangster. He was a turnaround expert. And if the government had just left him alone, Salvatore Pelullo would have turned FirstPlus Financial, a struggling Texas mortgage company, into a profitable business en...
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Closing Arguments Due In FirstPlus Fraud Trial
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net Closing arguments are expected to begin tomorrow morning in the multi-million dollar fraud trial of mobster Nicodemo S. Scarfo, his business partner Salvatore Pelullo and five co-defendants. Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve...
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Mistrial In Nicodemo Murder Case
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net Shortly after mobster Anthony Nicodemo's attorney offered a bizarre carjacking defense last week to explain how his client became an unwitting getaway driver in the December 2012 murder of Gino DiPietro, a person followi...
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Veteran Philadelphia journalist George Anastasia has been writing about organized and disorganized crime for thirty-five years, covering casino gambling in Atlantic City, mob hits in Philadelphia and criminal prosecutions throughout the country.

The former Philadelphia Inquirer reporter is the author of five books. His work has appeared in Penthouse, Playboy and The Village Voice. He also has been featured on several network television news magazine reports about organized crime and has worked as a consultant on projects for ABC, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel and National Geographic.

His books include "The Last Gangster" (ReganBooks/Harper Collins, March 2004), a New York Times bestseller that chronicles the demise of the Philadelphia mob.

His other books are "Blood and Honor" (William Morrow & Co., 1991), which Jimmy Breslin called it "the best gangster book ever written"; NYT bestseller "The Summer Wind"(Regan Books/HarperCollins, 1999) about the Thomas Capano-Anne Marie Fahey murder case; "The Goodfella Tapes (Avon Books, 1998), and "Mobfather" (Kensington Books, 1993).

Anastasia is the author of a novella, "The Big Hustle" (Philadelphia Inquirer Books, 2001) and has contributed to two anthologies of Italian-American writers, "A Sitdown with the Sopranos" and "Don't Tell Momma."

"Mob Files," an anthology of articles he has written for The Inquirer was published in September 2008 by Camino Books.

Anastasia has been the recipient of numerous awards for writing and reporting, including a Sigma Delta Chi, national journalism award for a magazine article on the Thomas Capano - Anne Marie Fahey murder case. The magazine article was the basis for the book "The Summer Wind."

Born in South Philadelphia and raised in southern New Jersey, Anastasia is a graduate of Dartmouth College (1969) with a B.A. in French Literature. He has also studied at Swarthmore College and the University of Florida.

He has been an adjunct professor/lecturer at Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) and Temple University, and has been a lecturer for a U.S. State Department-sponsored series of weeklong seminars on journalism and organized crime in Bulgaria (2004, 2007), Croatia (2005), Serbia (2006) and Italy (2007).

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