Apparently reputed mobster Ronald Galati was a schmoozer who befriended Philly cops "by throwing block parties or repairing their personal vehicles at a discount" as reported by William Bender and Morgan Zalot for the Daily News.
The city "has paid Galati's company, American Collision & Automotive Center, about $1.2 million since 2011" to service its police vehicles but "city officials on Wednesday decided to stop sending cars there after the Daily News reported on the American Collision contract and Galati's alleged attempt to hire men to kill his daughter's boyfriend, as well as a cooperating grand-jury witness and the witness' son."
The question still begged is why the hell did the city award American Collision the contract in the first place given Galati's "1994 racketeering conviction for turning one of his auto-body garages into what federal prosecutors described as a 'shop of fraud,'" and he was "identified by authorities as a onetime associate of mobsters Joey Merlino and George Borgesi" as reported by William Bender for the Daily News.
Mayor Nutter's spokesman Mark McDonald merely says "there is no requirement in a service, supply or equipment contract to disclose prior criminal conduct" as reported by William Bender and Sean Collins Walsh for the Daily News. As if that somehow absolves the city from independently vetting its vendors.