Son of former KC crime boss pleads guilty in federal court

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The son of a former reported Kansas City crime boss pleaded guilty in federal court on Thursday to bank larceny and money laundering. According to court documents, 46-year-old Anthony T. Civella Jr. was accused of stealing more than $300,000 from ATM's his company was hired to service.

Prosecutors say Civella owned and operated a company called C Management Group, LLC. The company is registered with the Missouri Secretary of State's office to Civella's Northland home.

Prosecutors say Civella would steal money from the ATM's by using a maintenance code he had to access the machines. Then, in order to conceal the theft, prosecutors say Civella would move money between the ATM's.

In total, court documents say from 2011 to 2013 Civella stole around $330,000.00.
The money laundering charge, according to court documents, stems from Civella depositing a majority of the cash into his personal checking account at the Holy Rosary Credit Union.

Other than some traffic tickets, online court records indicate Civella has not faced any other criminal charges. But it's his family name that garners the attention.

Civella is the son of former mob boss Anthony "Tony Ripe" Civella, who according to federal investigators headed organized crime in Kansas City in the 1980's and 90's.
Civella Jr. doesn't even have a mug shot on public record. In his plea with prosecutors Civella agreed to forfeit the money he stole.

He could face up to 30 years in prison. Civella's attorney says they will have no comment until after sentencing which is not yet scheduled.

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  • Joe

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