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New house allegedly gutted for mob home

NEW YORK, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- A mob turncoat told a New York jury that a Colombo family soldier looted a house under construction to renovate his own home.

Giovanni "John the Barber" Floridia is a government witness at the federal trial of two alleged mob associates, the New York Daily News reported. One of the defendants, Carmine "Skippy" DeRoss, was allegedly involved in the theft of building supplies.

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Floridia decided to become an informant after he was convicted with Vincent "Chickie" DeMartino of being involved in a mob hit. DeMartino, a former resident of the Howard Beach neighborhood in Queens and now serving a 25-year prison term, was the beneficiary of the gutting of a house being built on Staten Island.

On the witness stand, Floridia said that just about everything used in the renovation was stolen -- "from windows to kitchens to air conditioners, 2-by-4s." He said that DeRoss, a plumber who works on Staten Island, told him that kitchen appliances had been delivered to the new house, suggesting it as a source for DeMartino.

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