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Wiseguys And Wannabes Back In Business
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net Ron Galati won't be taking part in the underworld renaissance currently unfolding in South Philadelphia. Instead, the wannabe wiseguy and auto body shop owner, who is already serving a 23-year federal sentence for a murd...
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Aging Mobsters And Their Fight To Stay Out Of Jail
Here is a link to a piece in AARP magazine called OldFellas. You may recognize some of the names and events. - George Anastasia http://www.aarp.org/work/on-the-job/info-2015/aging-mobsters-refuse-retirement.html?intcmp=ATMBB3
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Feds Again Fail To Make Their Case In A Big Mob Trial
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net Have the feds lost their mojo when it comes to the mob? That's certainly a reasonable question after another organized crime prosecution ended with a not guilty verdict in federal court in Brooklyn last week. The acquitt...
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George Martorano And The Case That Changed The Philadelphia Mob
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net Earlier this month, George Martorano was released from a prison. It was long overdue. Martorano, 68, had spent 32 years in federal institutions. He was jailed in 1983 and pleaded guilty in 1984 to drug dealing charges. H...
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Scarfo's Lawyer Points To Russian Mob In FirstPlus Case
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net There might have been some mobsters lurking behind the FirstPlus Financial fraud case, a lawyer for lead defendant Nicodemo S. Scarfo says in legal papers filed recently, but their drink of choice would have been vodka n...
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Scarfo Sentencing Postponed Again
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net The sentencing of mobster Nicodemo S. Scarfo and three co-defendant convicted of looting a Texas mortgage company has been put off for the third time while a judge decides whether information in a modern day slave labor ...
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Scarfo's Cousin Gets 30 Month Term
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net Nobody wants to go to jail, but 30 months is a lot better than 30 years. That's the bottom line for John Parisi who was sentenced this morning for his role in the FirstPlus financial fraud case. Parisi is the cousin of N...
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Brothers Duka Have Their Say
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net They wanted to tell their side of the story in their own words and their lawyers wouldn't let them. That's the argument brothers Dritan, Shain and Eljvir Duka offered in federal court today in a last ditch attempt to hav...
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Joe Vito Mastronardo Dies In Prison
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net Joe Vito Mastronardo, the "Gentleman Gambler" who lived life on his own terms and moved to the beat of a drummer than only he could hear, died in a federal prison this afternoon where he was serving a 20-month sentence f...
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Scarfo's Wife Sentenced To Probation
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net Mrs. Scarfo won't be going to jail. After pleading guilty to a mortgage fraud charge that was a small part of her husband's multi-million dollar looting of a Texas company, Lisa Scarfo, 36, was sentenced today to two yea...
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A 'Perfect Crime' Says Drug Dealer Witness Who Would Like To Hear From Jurors
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net Robert Kushner said he told the truth when he took the witness stand as the prosecution's leadoff witness in the trial of six Philadelphia narcotics cops indicted for allegedly going rogue. A jury verdict last month find...
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Support From An Unlikely Source
By George Anastasia For Bigtrial.net Mobster-turned-government-witness Ron Previte, who was a Philadelphia police officer for 12 years, was digging into a lunch of veal parmigiana and penne pasta in a restaurant near Atlantic City this afternoon when he was...
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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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