|By Jeremy Roebuck, The Philadelphia Inquirer|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
That prediction nearly proved prescient last year, with an attack that left Tuono alive, but with three bullets in his gut -- and his girlfriend's father accused of ordering the hit.
Now, the details of that attempt on Tuono's life, sketched in government court filings this month, offer the latest account of one facet of
Friends and law enforcement sources describe Galati as a mob hanger-on, eager to cozy up to Mafia dons and trade quips from Goodfellas, his favorite film.
Court documents suggest that visitors to his
And though no "made man" himself, Galati's recent legal problems have authorities salivating. Longtime friendships with current and former
Now that he faces three separate cases -- the Tuono charges in Camden and counts related to insurance fraud and witness intimidation in
Federal prosecutors in Camden have not specified what drove Galati's desire to see Tuono dead. But, they say, he made little effort to hide his animosity.
"I will kill him myself. I will strangle him. I will poke his eyes out," Galati is quoted in recent court filings as once telling an employee. "I am going to stab him right in the forehead with this thing." He was wielding an ice pick at the time.
Galati has denied any involvement in the
Court filings suggest Galati's attorney,
Voci did not return multiple e-mails or calls for comment. But he has previously said his client had no interest in snitching.
"My client is not cooperating with city, state, or federal law enforcement agencies," Voci said in May. "He has not considered it."
Galati's garage -- American Collision & Auto Center, near
Merlino briefly worked there after his release from prison in 1992. And at various points, investigators say, Ligambi's wife, son, and nephews have all held jobs there.
When Ligambi himself was locked up in 2011 facing federal racketeering conspiracy charges, Galati sent money to his prison-commissary account through handoffs to mob associates outside the garage. And when the mob boss was finally released after a mistrial in January, American Collision was one of his first stops, according to court filings.
Friends describe Galati as infatuated with the gangster lifestyle.
"He saw Goodfellas too many times," said one. "Him and some of the guys used to sit around the shop quoting lines to each other."
As his pals pursued loan-sharking and gambling rackets, Galati developed a lucrative scam of his own.