Ron Galati has now been indicted for a third time for heading an elaborate insurance fraud scheme through his auto body shop in Philadelphia. Known by some as the Don Corleone of the auto repair business the alleged Philadelphia mafia associate has now hit the trifecta of indictments. The District Attorney Office has already charged Galati on murder for hire charges and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey has charged him with attempted murder charges. Prosecutors claim he solicited the services of three hit men to murder a father and son who owned a rival auto body shop that were believed to have been cooperating in an investigation into him and his business practices.
Prosecutors also claim he solicited the same hit men to kill his daughters boyfriend who was actually shot in Atlantic City but survived. Galati was convicted on a similar fraud case back in 1995 and served 37 months in prison. A cooperating witness said that he liked to boast “I live my life to cheat insurance companies and my high everyday is to cheat insurance companies.” In total 41 people have been charged along with Galati in the insurance fraud case including his son Ron Jr, his wife Vicky, and Steven Ligambi the son of Philadelphia mob boss Joseph “Uncle Joe” Ligambi.
Prosecutors claim that the defendant ran up to five different fraud schemes that he used to generate over a million dollars for him and his family. According to the indictment over a four year period insurance companies issued approx $2.3 million dollars of fraudulent claims filed by the auto body shop he owned. It is also alleged he fraudulently obtained a $1.8 million dollar contract with the Philadelphia Office of Fleet Management to repair the cities cop cars. Mafia snitch Louis “Bent Finger Lou” Monacello linked Galati to members of the Philly mafia including George Borgesi.
Along with the attempted murder and murder conspiracy charges he could be looking at a possible life sentence if convicted on all of the crimes he is charged with.