Reputed mobster's wife admits to mortgage fraud

Posted: September 19, 2013

THE WIFE OF a reputed New Jersey mob figure pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiring to defraud a mortgage lender in order to buy a $715,000 house in Egg Harbor Township, N.J.

Lisa Marie Scarfo, 34, of Elmer, N.J. - daughter-in-law of jailed mob figure Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo and wife of Nicodemo S. Scarfo Jr., an alleged member of the Lucchese La Cosa Nostra (LCN) crime family - entered the plea before U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler in Camden.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

In November 2011, Lisa Marie Scarfo and 12 others, including her husband and Salvatore Pelullo - an alleged associate of the Lucchese and Philadelphia La Cosa Nostra crime families - were charged in a 25-count indictment accusing them of targeting FirstPlus Financial Group (FPFG) for a takeover.

Lisa Marie Scarfo admitted that she conspired with then-fiance Nicky Scarfo and others in January 2008 to secure a $500,000 mortgage from St. Edmond's Federal Savings Bank to buy the Egg Harbor property. Co-defendant Howard Drossner previously pleaded guilty and admitted that at the direction of Pelullo, he created false tax returns to help Lisa Marie Scarfo qualify for the mortgage.

The indictment alleges that Nicky Scarfo used money looted from FPFG for the $215,000 down payment on the house. Lisa Marie Scarfo exaggerated her income on the false income-tax returns so that she could qualify for the mortgage without naming her then-fiance Nicky Scarfo.

Lisa Marie Scarfo faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 10.


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