December 9, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Walking into federal court each morning, Alyson Borgesi, wife of reputed Philadelphia mob consigliere George Borgesi, has made a habit of greeting those present with a now familiar refrain. "Enjoying the show?" she asks, cracking a sardonic smile. But as her husband's racketeering retrial entered its second month last week, she increasingly found herself cast as his unwilling costar. The trial came to an early halt Friday after four jurors accused the petite, 38-year-old brunette - a woman whose resumé includes stints as a travel agent and candy saleswoman - of trying to intimidate them from the court gallery, Borgesi family members said.
December 7, 2013 |
During his 30 years with the New York mob, Anthony Aponick grew adept at juggling business both legitimate and illegitimate - or, as he described it, "walking and chewing gum at the same time. " But he spent much of Thursday discussing a more ambiguous form of income as he testified for a second day in the racketeering retrial of reputed Philadelphia mob consigliere George Borgesi: money he earned as a professional informant. Between 2002 and 2013, the FBI paid the 42-year-old former Bonanno crime family associate $152,000 for coughing up information on Borgesi, with whom he shared a cell in a federal detention center in West Virginia.
November 22, 2013 |
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...
November 21, 2013 |
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.
November 9, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA It might be considered the low-budget sequel. But reputed Philadelphia mob boss Joseph Ligambi and the federal authorities who have pursued him for 13 years both hope this time brings blockbuster results. Ligambi, known as "Uncle Joe," returned to court Thursday for his second trial in as many years on racketeering conspiracy charges. His nephew and alleged consigliere, George "Georgie Boy" Borgesi, sat by his side. Eight months ago, a federal jury deadlocked on the most serious counts against them after a marathon, four-month trial involving 12 other mob defendants.
July 19, 2013 |
Anthony "Ant" Staino Jr. once called himself the CFO of the Philadelphia mob and threatened to unleash "two gorillas" on a deadbeat debtor, but he didn't cut the typical image of a thuggish mobster. With silver hair and dark-rim eyeglasses, the 56-year-old South Jersey native has stellar credit, files yearly tax returns, and has logged time in college but never in jail. He was his high school class president and captain of the football team, shares cooking and landscaping tips with his Swedesboro neighbors, and donned a SpongeBob costume to trick-or-treat with his daughter.
July 18, 2013 |
A South Jersey man described as a soldier in the Philadelphia mob was sentenced Tuesday to more than 11 years in prison for racketeering conspiracy. The 137-month sentence, imposed by U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno in a crowded Philadelphia courtroom, was a break of sorts for Damion Canalichio, 43, of Turnersville. Prosecutors and probation officials had recommended a term closer to 20 years, the maximum possible sentence. Assistant U.S. Attorney John S. Han recited two decades worth of arrests and convictions for Canalichio, who, he said, had carved out a reputation as a violent enforcer in loan-sharking and gambling operations.
July 12, 2013 |
FEDERAL PROSECUTORS want a mob underboss sentenced to the maximum 20 years for racketeering, based on his lengthy rap sheet and his status in La Cosa Nostra. In a memo Tuesday, prosecutors call Joseph "Mousie" Massimino a career criminal, given a rap sheet that spans five decades and includes a drug-trafficking conviction. However, defense lawyer Joseph Santaguida argues in his memo that the February racketeering conviction is not a crime of violence, and should not trigger the career-offender label.
April 21, 2013
THE SELF-DESCRIBED "CFO" of the Philadelphia mob has pleaded guilty to racketeering and illegal gambling rather than face a retrial. Anthony "Ant" Staino had been convicted of two loan-sharking counts at a sweeping mob trial this year. But the jury acquitted him or deadlocked on most counts. The jury also deadlocked on the central racketeering charge against reputed mob boss Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi and his nephew, George Borgesi, who will be retried. Staino, 55, of Swedesboro, N.J., entered his plea late Thursday.
February 26, 2013 |
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.