- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania woman who wanted to marry into the mob was tricked out of $41,600 and threatened with death by a self-described Philadelphia “gangster,” according to authorities.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported (https://bit.ly/1BMxToN ) that 46-year-old Nicodemo DiPietro pleaded guilty Wednesday of stealing $10,000 from Dixie Wible, who authorities said “wanted to be married to a mobster.”

DiPietro allegedly convinced the 49-year-old woman to make 54 deposits into his inmate account between May and August 2013 while he was in a Luzerne County prison, then threatened to use that money to put her on a hit list, according to an affidavit.

He was going to be tried this week in Uniontown on those allegations, but instead pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal use of a communications facility.

DiPietro is already serving a life sentence in prison for first-degree murder and has been ordered to make $10,000 in restitution to Wible and serve one year of probation.

Investigator Daniel Meinert said Wible told him she has always wanted to marry a mobster and thought of DiPietro as that man.

Meinert said Wible didn’t deposit any money into DiPietro’s account until after he sent her $4,709 to buy them engagement and wedding rings.

He said investigators learned of the fraud when they discovered Wible had written anonymous letters and faxes sent to the Department of Corrections indicating DiPietro had a gun and a cellphone at one of the institutions.

Wible told investigators she sent the letters because DiPietro’s marriage promises had turned into threats to use her own money to have her killed.

During the plea hearing, DiPietro said investigators tried to brand him as a mob informant and froze his $35,000 inmate account.

“I’m already doing life in prison,” DiPietro said. “If I’m gonna rat, I’m the worst rat in Mafia history.”

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Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, https://pghtrib.com

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