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Point Breeze body shop owner has mob ties AND a $400k city contract?

The owner of a body shop near 20th and McKean – who is  at the center of a triple murder-for-hire investigation – pulled in $400,000 from the city last year fixing police cars even after being convicted of fraud, the Daily News reported.

Ronald Galati was arrested Friday for allegedly hiring hit men to kill his daughter’s boyfriend, a body-shop operator and the operator’s son. Says the paper:

Yesterday, a marked police car was parked inside Galati’s shop, American Collision & Automotive Center, on 20th Street near McKean. Records show that the city paid his company more than $400,000 in fiscal year 2012 alone. The contract began in 2011 and runs through June, a city official said.

Whoa. There’s much more:

Galati, 63, identified by authorities as a onetime associate of mobsters Joey Merlino and George Borgesi, was able to land the contract despite a 1994 racketeering conviction for turning one of his auto-body garages into what federal prosecutors described as a “shop of fraud.”

The whole thing is worth a read. Find it here.

UPDATE: The city has cut ties with the body shop, says Newsworks.

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7 Responses to Point Breeze body shop owner has mob ties AND a $400k city contract?

  1. Ian December 18, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

    Christ, this city sometimes…

  2. fmd December 18, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

    20th and McKean is outside Newbold’s boundaries. Newbold’s Western boundaries end at 18th.

    • Albert Stumm December 18, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

      Yeah I thought about that but it’s the closest name other than just a generic “South Philly.”

  3. Rob December 18, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

    Nobody originally from S. Philly calls it newbold anyway.

  4. fmd December 18, 2013 at 7:33 pm #

    You could just say Point Breeze. Newbold is just a part of Point Breeze. One would assume someone originally from S. Philly would have corrected it to Point Breeze. The enormity of South Philly includes many neighborhoods–Point Breeze, Newbold, Girard Estates, Bella Vista, Italian Market, Pennsport, Whitman, East Passyunk, etc.

    • Albert Stumm December 18, 2013 at 8:34 pm #

      Good point. Consider it changed.

  5. AnthonyG December 19, 2013 at 10:45 am #

    What’s a Newbold?

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