September 10, 1995 |
Nicky Scarfo never had to pay for a meal in an Atlantic City restaurant. When the now-imprisoned mob boss stopped at a bar, the drinks were always on the house. Reservations? Forgetaboutit. Those were some of the "perks," say law enforcement and underworld sources, that the diminutive crime boss enjoyed as a result of his control of Local 54 of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union in the early 1980s. About $20,000 a month in cash siphoned from the union's coffers was also part of the package, according to federal authorities who took control of the local in 1991 and have since declared it mob-free.
April 7, 1989
It took Thomas DelGiorno, a man described by the mob's defense attorney as "a murderer, perjurer, liar, thief, extortionist," to convict Nicodemo Scarfo, a killer, a liar, thief and extortionist, of first-degree murder. "We'd like to bring you Jack and Jill from Chestnut Hill (as witnesses) but they don't know about this kind of stuff," Assistant District Attorney Charles Grant told the jurors at one point in explaining why he had to use DelGiorno and other mobsters-turned-informants to make his case.
March 5, 1990 |
Ten years after he became a prosecution witness against mob boss Nicky Scarfo and eight years after his father was shot in retaliation, Joe Salerno Jr. wants the world to know that his life fell apart after he started hanging out with the mob. He wants people to know that it cost him 10 years of his life and the opportunity to watch his three boys grow up. That it has forced him to live under an assumed name in a secret location. And that he must always be on guard for a Mafia gunman.
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)
October 19, 1988
On the 14th floor of the federal house at Fifth and Market Streets, Nicky Scarfo and his mob associates - 16 of them - are on trial, as they seem to be every other month or so. Who can keep straight the crimes they're accused of? The indictment is boiled down to "a broad pattern of criminal activity," meaning killings, beatings, extortion, etc., that the U.S. Organized Crime Strike Force argues didn't just come out of nowhere. They were, the prosecution says, part of the business of drug-dealing, illegal gaming and such that fuels an underworld in South Philadelphia.
November 10, 1989
Two somewhat belated thoughts on the shooting of Nicky Scarfo Jr. Thought No. 1: As long as the police believed the shooting at Dante & Luigi's Restaurant was the work of mob operatives from New York, they called it a professional hit. But soon after they theorized it was the result of a local feud, the authorities are pointing out what a sloppy job it was - and headline writers were branding the triggerman a "stumblebum," or worse. Just when will the self-loathing of this city cease?
November 17, 2012 |
An minor associate of mobsters Nicky Scarfo Jr. Salvatore Pelullo was sentenced Friday to six months in prison for providing the two convicted felons with ammunition. Todd Stark, who was once Pelullo's driver, pleaded guilty in June to buying two boxes of 9mm bullets for Scarfo in 2007. As a convicted felon, Scarfo, 46, is prohibited from possessing a gun or ammunition.Two boxes of 9mm bullets were found in Scarfo's residence in May 2008. Stark, 44, admitted that Pelullo had asked him in code to buy the ammunition.
November 22, 1988
Most of the charges had been aired before - the paranoid revenge killings, the mob's collection of "street taxes" through threats and beatings. But the federal trial that ended with convictions of Philadelphia mobster Nicky Scarfo and 16 of his low-life subordinates this weekend had an extra dimension. As the almost cartoonish crime family stood trial, another very real family - Scarfo's own - was touched. Its pain (one son attempted suicide) and its propensity for violence (another son was charged with assaulting a woman in a hospital elevator)
December 7, 1989 |
Nicky Scarfo was not famous for his sense of humor, but apparently he had one. He called his Florida house "Casablanca South," and the boat he kept there "Casablanca: Usual Suspects. " He had a coffee mug with the inscription: "Honesty pays. But it doesn't pay enough. " The four-bedroom, five-bathroom home at 3100 NE 47th St. in Fort Lauderdale, used for rest and recreation by the ex-Philadelphia mob boss and his pals from 1985 until he was sent to federal prison forever, has now been removed from mob history.
August 23, 1990 |
It might not be easy to picture Nicky Scarfo Jr. fading back to throw a pass, or cutting into the secondary to take a bullet - oops, make that a hard pass - from the quarterback. Yet there, in a widely published photo, stood the son of Nicodemo Sr., hands shackled, decked out in a sweatshirt bearing the inscription: "Ferrante & Urso Meats - 85 Champs. " The words "85 Champs" were inscribed inside a football. Scarfo Jr., 25, whose father, the ex-mob boss, is whiling away his declining years in a federal prison, was wearing the shirt when he and 35 others were hauled in Tuesday in a North Jersey mob roundup.