Springfield man pleads guilty to extortion in federal court


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) — A Springfield man pleaded guilty to one count of collecting on an extension of credit by extortion Tuesday at the federal court in Springfield.

According to the office of Acting U.S. Attorney Nathaniel Mendell, in 2017 52-year-old Anthony Scibelli provided a $5,000 loan to the victim who made monthly payments of $1,300 until June 2019. Beginning in May 2019, Scibelli used threats as he attempted to collect on that line of credit.

On June 19, 2019, Scibelli allegedly threatened and beat the victim’s head and body for failing to make the monthly $1,300 payment. During the beating, the defendant threatened that the victim must have all the money on the first of the month.

Scibelli was indicted in July 2019 and could face a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000. His sentencing is scheduled for September 3.

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