Jailed mobster indicted in gambling case Vincent Filipelli also is accused of keeping steroids and weapons at his Cherry Hill home.

Posted: November 03, 2007

Jailed mobster Vincent "Big Vince" Filipelli was indicted yesterday on charges he ran an Internet-based gambling operation and kept a hoard of illegal steroids and weapons at his Cherry Hill home, authorities said.

Filipelli, 53, is accused of taking bets on college and professional sports through a Web site, said a spokesman for the New Jersey Attorney General's Office.

Filipelli, a former body-building champion, is being held at the Philadelphia Federal Detention Center, where he awaits sentencing on a federal extortion-related charge connected to the gambling operation.

A member of the Philadelphia mob, Filipelli became the target of an investigation by New Jersey state troopers and the FBI in August 2005, said Peter Aseltine, spokesman for Attorney General Anne Milgram.

According to a federal indictment, Filipelli traveled from Cherry Hill to a Philadelphia strip club on May 25, 2006, to meet with a man he believed owed him money.

Filipelli had met with the gambler, actually an undercover state trooper wearing a wire, on at least six occasions to collect Internet gaming debts.

During the meeting in the parking lot of the Crazy Horse Too, a South Philadelphia gentlemen's club, Filipelli threatened to put the undercover trooper in the hospital for a year if he didn't pay up.

A raid on Filipelli's home on Oct. 24, 2006, uncovered gambling records, numerous vials of steroids, hypodermic needles, two stun guns, a dagger and two billy clubs, Aseltine said.

In April, Filipelli admitted he had tried to strong-arm the undercover trooper into paying the debt.

Filipelli pleaded guilty to interstate travel in aid of racketeering and faces up to 20 years in federal prison.

A second man also pleaded guilty for his own role in the illegal gambling operation.

William Motto, 52, of Cherry Hill, pleaded guilty Sept. 19 to promoting gambling, Aseltine said.

Contact staff writer Sam Wood at 856-779-3838 or samwood@phillynews.com.

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