Salvatore Volpe: Man Paid $50,000 To Avoid Being Killed By Mob

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The mob knows everybody makes mistakes. But if you get a mobster's wife pregnant, you'd better be willing to atone for your indiscretion.

A Staten Island restaurateur with mob ties to the DeCavalcante crime family knocked up the wife of Salvatore Volpe, a Bonanno crime family associate. He paid $50,000 to the mob in exchange for his life.

From the Daily News:

Cuckolded gangster Salvatore Volpe testified Tuesday that the unidentified restaurateur shelled out $50,000 to escape getting whacked - with $10,000 of the amount going to a Garden State crime family for brokering the deal.

"Instead of [the restaurant owner] getting killed, he'd have to pay a tax," Volpe said in Brooklyn Federal Court at the murder trial of Bonanno boss Vincent (Vinny Gorgeous) Basciano. "It was basically a penalty."

Things could have been much worse for the restaurant owner, identified only as "Anthony" of Staten Island's Trattoria Romana.

The New York Post reports that the DeCavalcante and Bonanno families initially planned to have Anthony rubbed out. Cooler heads prevailed and the fee was eventually negotiated.

Basciano is on trial for the killing of mob associate Randy Pizzolo in 2004.