Scala was born in Fort Lee, New Jersey, to first-generation immigrants from Scala, Italy. Scala was married to Lilian Lino, the niece of Gambino mobster Edward Lino and the paternal cousin of Bonanno crime family mobster Frank Lino. Scala was a nephew of Genovese crime family mob associates Carmine and Francis Consalvo, and a maternal cousin of DeCavalcante crime family mobster Louis Consalvo.
Paul Castellano's Murder and Criminal Career
In 1983, Scala was arrested for heroin trafficking, but the case was dropped. A close associate of boss John Gotti, Scala was a suspect in the 1985 murders of Gambino boss Paul Castellano and underboss Thomas Bilotti outside Sparks Steak House. In 1999, Scala was promoted to the rank of capo and oversaw ten made men and associates.
On May 18, 2001, Scala was convicted of extorting money from the owner of Cherry's Video, an adult entertainment store on Long Island. Part of the evidence included an undercover video of a Gambino soldier visiting the store. The judge sentenced Scala to 5 Years in federal prison. In March 2007, Scala was convicted of tax evasion and of extorting $2.5 million from Manhattan's V.I.P. Club, an adult entertainment venue. Scala was sentenced to 6 years in prison. Scala was also ordered to forfeit $667,000.
On December 30, 2008, Salvatore Scala died in federal prison in Butner, North Carolina, from liver cancer. He had requested early release on compassionate grounds, but the Bureau of Prisons denied him. His scheduled release date was in 2012.