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.