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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 12, 2019

Springfield Man Indicted On Extortion Charge

BOSTON – A Springfield man was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury in Springfield on the charge of extortion.

Anthony J. Scibelli, 51, was indicted on one count of collecting on an extension of credit by extortionate means. Scibelli was originally charged by criminal complaint on July 2, 2019.

According to the charging documents, in 2019, Scibelli collected on a line of credit that had been extended to a victim. It is alleged that on June 19, 2019, Scibelli threatened and beat the victim for failing to make the monthly $1300 payment. The beating occurred in front of four plain clothed members of law enforcement. During the beating, Scibelli allegedly threatened that the victim must have all the money “on the first,” referring to the 1st of the month.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski  of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Office; and Colonel Kerry Gilpin, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Neil Desroches of Lelling’s Springfield Branch Office and Trial Attorney Marianne Shelvey of the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section are prosecuting the case.

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Updated July 15, 2019