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August 22, 1990 | By Daniel LeDuc and George Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writers Inquirer staff writer Robert J. Terry contributed to this article
Nicodemo Scarfo Jr. and 28 other reputed mob figures, including the acting boss of the Scarfo crime family, were arrested yesterday after a yearlong undercover investigation propelled by a mob informant who secretly recorded dozens of meetings - including his own Mafia initiation ceremony. The informant, who wore a body wire, recorded more than 380 hours of conversations between the suspects about extortions, loan-sharking, gambling, drug deals and racketeering, authorities said.
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January 30, 2012
SURE, BULLETS were flying in the barroom at Dante & Luigi's on Halloween night in 1989, when a masked man pulled a gun out of his trick-or-treat bag and starting pumping round after round into Nicodemo Scarfo Jr., son of the former Philadelphia mob boss. Before that, the Italian restaurant at 10th and Catharine streets was a hangout for Angelo Bruno, the mob boss who was killed outside his Snyder Avenue home in 1980 by a hitman with a shotgun. You'll still see a wiseguy having dinner there from time to time.
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November 10, 1988 | G. LOIE GROSSMANN/ DAILY NEWS
Nicodemo Scarfo Jr., 23, with two men, arrives for hearing on charges that he beat and kicked a woman in Hahnemann Hospital Friday.
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November 20, 1988
These photographs, collected by the FBI, were presented as evidence by federal prosecutors during the racketeering trial of Nicodemo Scarfo and his associates. They were taken throughout the 1980s by law enforcement agents or by Scarfo associates.
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November 16, 1988 | G. LOIE GROSSMANN/ DAILY NEWS
Nicodemo Scarfo Jr. (center), accompanied by two unidentified men, enters City Hall this morning for a hearing on charges that he beat a woman in a Hahnemann Hospital elevator on Nov. 4. The hearing was postponed until Jan. 24 because Scarfo's attorney is in federal court defending Scarfo's father, who is on trial on racketeering charges. Young Scarfo remains free on $100,000 bail.
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September 12, 1989 | SUSAN WINTERS/ DAILY NEWS
Nicodemo Scarfo Jr. (right), accompanied by an unidentified companion, in City Hall this morning for his often-postponed preliminary hearing on assault charges he faces in the beating of a woman in a Hahnemann University Hospital last November. He didn't stay long. The hearing, originally scheduled for last January and delayed several times since then, was put off until Feb. 8 because Scarfo's attorney is busy elsewhere.
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September 19, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
The wife of convicted mobster Nicodemo S. Scarfo pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to conspiracy related to mortgage fraud that hid her then-fiance's involvement in the purchase of a house in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. Lisa Marie Scarfo, 34, of Elmer, N.J., admitted that she participated in a January 2008 scheme with her husband and others to obtain a $500,000 mortgage from St. Edmonds Federal Savings Bank. Lisa Scarfo, also known as Lisa Murray-Scarfo, signed a fake tax return exaggerating her income.
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November 8, 1989 | By Susan Caba and Robert J. Terry, Inquirer Staff Writers
Nicodemo Scarfo Jr., seriously wounded in a Halloween assassination attempt, is jokingly telling hospital visitors that he is "holier than thou," sources said yesterday. Scarfo's condition was upgraded from fair to stable yesterday, according to a spokesman for Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Scarfo, son of the imprisoned Philadelphia mob boss, is recovering from nine bullet wounds to his neck, chest and left arm. Meanwhile, Charles Iannece Jr. - identified as the man who kissed Scarfo's cheek in greeting just minutes before he was shot by a masked gunman - took a polygraph test Tuesday night to back up his contention that he had nothing to do with the shooting.
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January 30, 1993 | By George Anastasia, John Way Jennings and Larry Lewis, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS Inquirer staff writers Thomas J. Gibbons Jr. and Emilie Lounsberry and correspondents Louis R. Carlozo, Mike Franolich and Maura Webber contributed to this article
Despite what authorities said was an open-ended contract on his life, mob informant Mario "Sonny" Riccobene couldn't stay away from the Philadelphia area. Thursday night, in the parking lot behind a diner in the tiny South Jersey borough of Brooklawn, that contract was fulfilled. Riccobene, 60, the silver-haired half-brother of longtime Philadelphia mobster Harry "The Hunchback" Riccobene, was found shot to death at the wheel of his Ford Taurus station wagon at 7:11 p.m. when patrons of the Brooklawn Diner heard the engine racing and went to investigate.
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March 1, 1988 | By George Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Reputed mobster Albert "Reds" Pontani, believed by some law enforcement officials to be the caretaker boss of the Nicodemo Scarfo organized-crime family, was ordered held without bail yesterday on federal drug, conspiracy, loan-sharking and extortion charges. U.S. Magistrate John Devine denied a request for bail after a federal prosecutor argued that Pontani, 60, was a "danger to the community" and posed a potential risk of flight if set free. In asking for "reasonable bail," Pontani's court-appointed attorney, Philip J. Moran, argued that the government had failed to substantiate either allegation and had offered little evidence to support the charges contained in the indictment.
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January 10, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
FRANK FRIEL was good at putting away the bad guys. But when he saw someone he believed had been wrongly convicted of a crime, he forgot about the cops' unwritten rule that you don't second-guess police work. Friel - who as a Philadelphia homicide investigator was credited with smashing the Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo mob and putting away literally hundreds of killers over 28 years on the force - couldn't believe that Neil Ferber, an undistinguished furniture dealer who got a kick out of hanging out with criminals, was a cold-blooded killer.
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September 19, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
The wife of convicted mobster Nicodemo S. Scarfo pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to conspiracy related to mortgage fraud that hid her then-fiance's involvement in the purchase of a house in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. Lisa Marie Scarfo, 34, of Elmer, N.J., admitted that she participated in a January 2008 scheme with her husband and others to obtain a $500,000 mortgage from St. Edmonds Federal Savings Bank. Lisa Scarfo, also known as Lisa Murray-Scarfo, signed a fake tax return exaggerating her income.
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January 30, 2012
SURE, BULLETS were flying in the barroom at Dante & Luigi's on Halloween night in 1989, when a masked man pulled a gun out of his trick-or-treat bag and starting pumping round after round into Nicodemo Scarfo Jr., son of the former Philadelphia mob boss. Before that, the Italian restaurant at 10th and Catharine streets was a hangout for Angelo Bruno, the mob boss who was killed outside his Snyder Avenue home in 1980 by a hitman with a shotgun. You'll still see a wiseguy having dinner there from time to time.
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December 20, 2011 | By George Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nicodemo S. Scarfo was denied bail Monday in a multimillion-dollar fraud case, but he may be released soon from solitary confinement while awaiting trial. Following a brief hearing in Camden, U.S. District Judge Robert Kugler accepted prosecution arguments that Scarfo, a made member of the Lucchese crime family, was a danger to the community and should remain behind bars while awaiting trial on racketeering, conspiracy, fraud, and money-laundering charges. But Kugler urged the U.S. Attorney's Office to lift a request that Scarfo remain in a Special Housing Unit at the Federal Detention Center in Philadelphia after Scarfo said he wanted to be in general prison population.
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June 12, 2010 | By DANA DiFILIPPO, difilid@phillynews.com 215-854-5934
The grandson of notorious Philadelphia mobster Harry "The Hunchback" Riccobene was gunned down outside his South Philadelphia home early Thursday. Rocco Maniscalco, 38, had just watched Wednesday night's Flyers game at the Wolf Street Cafe when he walked the short block home to his rowhouse on Wolf near Colorado. Outside his home, an armed man leaped from the shadows and fired at least 10 times, hitting Maniscalco repeatedly, police said. He died on the scene about 1:20 a.m. The gunman, a thin white man in a white shirt, fled in a dark-colored SUV, police said.
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January 11, 2010 | By George Anastasia INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Nicodemo Scarfo Jr. was targeted, but never charged, in a federal racketeering case that resulted in the conviction last week of North Jersey mobster Andrew Merola, one of his best friends and closest underworld allies. Scarfo, son of jailed Philadelphia-South Jersey mob boss Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo, was under surveillance and his phones were wiretapped during the investigation, which began about five years ago. "He was someone we were interested in," said Robert Buccino, chief of detectives for the Union County Prosecutor's Office, which initiated the probe.
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August 30, 2009 | By George Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
A federal bankruptcy trustee in Dallas has put a dollar figure on a multistate financial-fraud investigation linked to mobster Nicodemo S. Scarfo and Elkins Park business consultant Salvatore Pelullo. The trustee has alleged the two men, through companies they controlled, took at least $4.86 million out of FirstPlus Financial Group, a company based in Irving, Texas. Those business deals are the focus of the ongoing fraud investigation by the FBI, according to law enforcement sources familiar with the probe.
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