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February 15, 2013
A federal judge set a Feb. 25 bail hearing Thursday for reputed mob boss Joseph Ligambi after a jury acquitted him of some charges and deadlocked on others. U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno set the date a day after Ligambi's lawyer, Edwin Jacobs, argued in a motion that Ligambi, 73, has been jailed for nearly two years, having been held awaiting trial. On Feb. 5, jurors convicted four of his codefendants on five counts, but returned not-guilty verdicts on 46 other counts and deadlocked on 11 more, including the key racketeering count against the alleged mob boss.
NEWS
February 26, 2013 | By Sam Wood, PHILLY.COM
A North Jersey mobster, who admitted to participating in the affairs of Philadelphia's La Cosa Nostra, was sentenced today to a 55 month term in federal prison. Louis "Big Lou" Fazzini, 45, pleaded guilty in October to a racketeering conspiracy charge linked to a mob-controlled gambling and loan-sharking operation. A self-described "made" member of the mob, Fazzini, of Caldwell, operated a sports bookmaking business and ran a social club in northern New Jersey where illegal gambling on card and dice games occurred regularly.
NEWS
November 22, 2013 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA It was the evidence that Joseph Ligambi's lawyers didn't want a jury to hear. But in a one-two punch Wednesday, federal prosecutors laid out two of the most contentious elements of their racketeering case against the reputed head of the Philadelphia mob. First, Joaquin Garcia, a former undercover FBI agent who once infiltrated New York's Gambino crime family, regaled jurors with tales of Mafia rituals, violence, and the gangsters with...
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December 19, 2013 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
FOLLOW THE money, right? Depending on who's talking, the money flow could appear shady or innocent. During the federal racketeering conspiracy retrial of reputed Philly mob boss Joseph Ligambi, 74, and his nephew, onetime mob consigliere George Borgesi, 50, jurors yesterday looked at two charts showing fund disbursements to a reputed mob leader, Anthony "Ant" Staino Jr., and to Ligambi's wife, Olivia Ligambi. The money came from JMA Industries Inc., for which Staino filed an application for a fictitious name in 2001 with the Pennsylvania Department of State.
NEWS
September 17, 2012 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer
PHILLY WISEGUY Gaeton Lucibello was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison Friday for his role in a racketeering and extortion scheme with the local La Cosa Nostra. Lucibello, 59, pleaded guilty in August and admitted assisting in shaking down a bookie for "street tax" payments and operating two illegal video-poker machines as part of a racketeering conspiracy. He was one of the 14 Philly mob members and associates charged with racketeering conspiracy, extortion, loan sharking, illegal gambling, witness tampering and theft in a 52-count indictment.
NEWS
May 30, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia mob soldier convicted this year of running an illegal gambling business that funneled proceeds to La Cosa Nostra was sentenced Wednesday to more than two years in federal prison. Eric Esposito, 43, was sentenced to 27 months, the maximum term suggested under federal sentencing guidelines. Still, the sentence U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno imposed was below the more than three years prosecutors had asked for, saying Esposito had flouted the law. At trial in February, prosecutors alleged Esposito ran the First Ward Republican Club, an after-hours South Philadelphia bar that had little to do with politics but that became a frequent hangout for mobsters and their associates.
NEWS
April 30, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
HIS NICKNAME is "Bent Finger Lou. " Philly mobsters call him "Rat Finger Lou" and other unprintable variations. Jurors didn't believe him. One called him a "slimeball. " But if you were in court yesterday, you might have thought that Louis Monacello Jr. and his bent index finger had been canonized over the weekend alongside former popes John Paul II and John XXIII. Monacello, 47, a mob turncoat who once split a guy's head open with a baseball bat and offered cash to have a rival mobster beaten to a pulp, was set free with no additional jail time on racketeering conspiracy and loan-sharking charges.
NEWS
November 21, 2013 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA A day after Pennsylvania lawmakers moved to open the door for legal small-scale gambling in bars, Philadelphia mob figure George Borgesi posed what to him seemed an obvious question. "So what are we doing here?" he asked a reporter Tuesday during a break from his retrial on racketeering conspiracy charges. Tapping a newspaper story on the state's proposed gaming expansion with one hand and gesturing to his codefendant and uncle, Joseph Ligambi, with the other, the 50-year-old added: "That's what they want to lock him up for. " Well, not exactly.
NEWS
October 6, 2012 | By George Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
This story has been updated to reflect that Fazzini has pleaded guilty. Louis "Big Lou" Fazzini, a North Jersey mobster charged with racketeering, has decided to take his chances with the sentencing judge rather than put his fate in the hands of a federal jury. Fazzini, 45, pleaded guilty Friday morning before U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno in Philadelphia. Fazzini had pleaded not guilty this year to a racketeering conspiracy charge linked to a mob-controlled gambling and loan-sharking operation.
NEWS
January 29, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia judge denied a bail request Monday for reputed mob associate Ronald Galati, who is being held on charges that he ordered the killings of three men. Galati, 63, who worked at a South Philadelphia auto-body shop, has been held without bail since his arrest Dec. 13. He is accused of ordering the murder of a rival auto-body-shop owner and that man's son for allegedly cooperating with authorities investigating possible insurance fraud...
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May 30, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia mob soldier convicted this year of running an illegal gambling business that funneled proceeds to La Cosa Nostra was sentenced Wednesday to more than two years in federal prison. Eric Esposito, 43, was sentenced to 27 months, the maximum term suggested under federal sentencing guidelines. Still, the sentence U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno imposed was below the more than three years prosecutors had asked for, saying Esposito had flouted the law. At trial in February, prosecutors alleged Esposito ran the First Ward Republican Club, an after-hours South Philadelphia bar that had little to do with politics but that became a frequent hangout for mobsters and their associates.
NEWS
May 15, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Anthony Nicodemo was charged with the December 2012 daytime slaying of Gino DiPietro in South Philadelphia, investigators speculated that it might have been a mob hit. Though DiPietro's family insisted that he was not connected to South Philadelphia's Italian organized crime family, Nicodemo, 42, has long been described as a mob soldier, and DiPietro's murder occurred during the federal racketeering trial of mob boss Joseph Ligambi. To the surprise of many observers, Nicodemo's murder trial opened before a Common Pleas Court jury Tuesday with no mention of organized crime, no suggestion of a motive, and the prosecutor contending for the first time that Nicodemo was the driver of the getaway car and not the gunman.
NEWS
April 30, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
HIS NICKNAME is "Bent Finger Lou. " Philly mobsters call him "Rat Finger Lou" and other unprintable variations. Jurors didn't believe him. One called him a "slimeball. " But if you were in court yesterday, you might have thought that Louis Monacello Jr. and his bent index finger had been canonized over the weekend alongside former popes John Paul II and John XXIII. Monacello, 47, a mob turncoat who once split a guy's head open with a baseball bat and offered cash to have a rival mobster beaten to a pulp, was set free with no additional jail time on racketeering conspiracy and loan-sharking charges.
NEWS
January 31, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
The trial is over, but Louis "Bent Finger Lou" Monacello isn't done talking. In an interview Wednesday, the outspoken former mob associate and star government witness against reputed Philadelphia mob boss Joseph Ligambi and his nephew George Borgesi, said he was disappointed in the outcome of their racketeering retrial, which ended last week without a guilty verdict against either man. But, Monacello said, he is not sorry for the role he...
NEWS
January 29, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia judge denied a bail request Monday for reputed mob associate Ronald Galati, who is being held on charges that he ordered the killings of three men. Galati, 63, who worked at a South Philadelphia auto-body shop, has been held without bail since his arrest Dec. 13. He is accused of ordering the murder of a rival auto-body-shop owner and that man's son for allegedly cooperating with authorities investigating possible insurance fraud...
NEWS
January 27, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
GEORGE BORGESI, the Philly mob's onetime reputed consigliere, walked out of the federal courthouse with his wife, Alyson, yesterday afternoon - the first time he's been free in about 14 years. After a jury acquitted him yesterday of racketeering conspiracy - the lone charge he faced in a retrial with his uncle, Joseph Ligambi - Borgesi, 50, dressed in a blue sweater and gray slacks, smiled, rocking in his chair at the defense table. His mother, Manny Borgesi, cried upon hearing the jury forewoman's announcement of the not-guilty verdict.
NEWS
January 26, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the first time in 13 years, George Borgesi, the Philadelphia mob's former consigliere, left the James A. Byrne federal courthouse Friday unencumbered by handcuffs and hand in hand with the woman he married while behind bars. Borgesi had been found not guilty. Hours earlier, a jury acquitted the 50-year-old known as "Georgie Boy" on one count of racketeering conspiracy and said it was hopelessly deadlocked on three of four counts facing his uncle and codefendant, reputed mob boss Joseph Ligambi.
NEWS
January 19, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
IT SEEMED that yesterday would be the end to the racketeering retrial of reputed Philly mob boss Joseph Ligambi and his nephew George Borgesi. Jurors were working diligently, and the long Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend was approaching. But then word filtered into the courtroom hallway about 11 a.m. that the panel of 11 women and one man were unanimous on two counts, hung on the rest. Relatives of Ligambi, 74, and onetime Philly mob consigliere Borgesi, 50, seemed nervous while waiting in the courtroom.
NEWS
January 19, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Another impasse. Another illness. Such was the seventh day of deliberations in the federal racketeering retrial of reputed Philadelphia mob boss Joseph Ligambi and his nephew George Borgesi. Just before 10:30 a.m. Friday, jurors sent U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno a note indicating that they had reached unanimity on two of the five counts against the mob figures. They didn't say which ones. As for the other three, there remained "a firm difference of opinion," they said.
NEWS
January 15, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA They were the five words federal prosecutors trying the case against reputed Philadelphia mob boss Joseph Ligambi hoped never to hear again. Yet there they were Monday, in a terse note jurors delivered to U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno just before 1 p.m. We are at an impasse. After three days of deliberations and two votes, the panel of nine women and one man reported that they could not reach "unanimity on any one count" in the racketeering conspiracy case against the 74-year-old alleged mob don and his nephew George Borgesi, 50. The news came nearly a year after a first set of jurors found themselves mired in similar deadlock, resulting in a mistrial.
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