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February 19, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
WHO'S really in charge of the Philly mob? For the past few years, the answer might've depended on where you looked or whom you asked. Prosecutors. FBI agents. Street word. Underworld informants. Beat cops. Wiretapped conversations. Gamblers. Defense attorneys who will look you in the eye and swear that the Mafia ain't real. Some say Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi, 75, still runs the show. The low-key acting boss returned to Packer Park a year ago after spending 32 months in federal custody through two racketeering trials on a 2011 indictment.
NEWS
November 4, 1988 | By Emilie Lounsberry, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Nicodemo Scarfo finally took restaurateur Salvatore "Sam the Barber" LaRussa up on his offer to come out and spend some time at LaRussa's large home in Whitemarsh Township a few years ago, he brought a gang of friends along for the occasion. After they arrived, LaRussa left. The visit was a key issue yesterday in the federal racketeering trial of Scarfo and 16 associates as the prosecution sought to corroborate the testimony of mobsters-turned-informants Nicholas Caramandi and Thomas DelGiorno that a mob initiation ceremony was held at LaRussa's home in the fall of 1984.
NEWS
May 9, 1987
The conviction of Nicodemo Scarfo Wednesday on extortion and conspiracy charges was a hard-earned and telling victory for federal law enforcement in its continuing fight against organized crime. As U.S. Attorney Edward S.G. Dennis Jr. said in his closing argument to the jury, "The evidence compels it (Scarfo's conviction). Justice demands it. " It was not an easy case to win, and credit for the verdict belongs to many, including Thomas H. Lee 2d, the assistant prosecutor in the case, and Michael J. Leyden and Robert Brown, the two FBI agents who headed the investigation.
NEWS
March 30, 1993 | by Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
Wealthy Las Vegas criminal attorney Oscar B. Goodman won't get a chance to drive around in imprisoned Philadelphia mob boss Little Nicky Scarfo's cream- colored 1973 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow. Goodman, a Philadelphia native and frequent mob defender, should have known the vintage luxury car was used by Scarfo in drug trafficking and, as a result, was forfeitable to the federal government, U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody ruled yesterday. "If Mr. Goodman's conscious avoidance of the truth shielded from forfeiture the Rolls Royce in this case, Mr. Scarfo and others convicted of trafficking illegal drugs would have a safe and easy haven for their expensive cars, yachts and airplanes while they served their sentences in prison.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 2013
"Being Oscar: From Mob Lawyer to Mayor of Las Vegas - Only in America" (Weinstein Books), by Philadelphia native Oscar Goodman, with former Inquirer staff writer George Anastasia, arrived in bookstores Tuesday. This is the second of of two excerpts.   Chapter Ten IBM, NOT FBI The FBI and the New Jersey and Pennsylvania State Police had been building cases against the Philadelphia mob for a number of years, and it all came to a head in the mid-1980s. Two murder cases were pending in Philadelphia's Common Pleas Court, and a drug case and a racketeering case were pending in federal court.
NEWS
March 31, 1987 | By TONI LOCY, Daily News Staff Writer
Admitted mobster Thomas "Tommy Dell" DelGiorno testified today that City Councilman Leland M. Beloff was "one of the ways (mob boss Nicodemo 'Little Nicky') Scarfo makes money. " DelGiorno, a former captain in the local crime family now headed by Scarfo, said Beloff "was with him (Scarfo). He's one of (Scarfo's) ways of making a living. He's one of his men, one of his associates. " DelGiorno became the second government witness to link Beloff to Scarfo in the U.S. District Court trial for Beloff and his chief aide, Robert Rego, on charges of extorting money and favors from developers who needed city legislation to advance their projects.
NEWS
March 12, 1993 | ANDREA MIHALIK/ DAILY NEWS
Lawyer Robert F. "Bobby" Simone arrives yesterday in federal court, where he won a delay of his sentencing on racketeering charges from U.S. District Judge James T. Giles. The judge said he would study Simone's motions for a new trial. Simone, 50, jailed mob chieftain "Little Nicky" Scarfo's attorney, contends the jury was influenced by "prejudicial" news stories during Simone's trial. Witnesses testified that Simone was a part of Scarfo's operation and not just his attorney.
NEWS
October 5, 1995 | by Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia have given up on their quest to hold on to imprisoned mob boss Little Nicky Scarfo's 1973 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow. The impounded vintage luxury car will be released to wealthy Las Vegas criminal attorney Oscar B. Goodman. Goodman, a Philadelphia native and frequent mob lawyer, told authorities he got the car in 1988 in exchange for picking up a $16,000 bar bill at the Four Seasons Hotel for a Scarfo victory party. The party was held after Scarfo and others were acquitted of murdering mobster Salvatore Testa.
NEWS
April 6, 1990 | By Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
Seventy-year-old Santo "Chester Sam" Idone, a longtime Delaware County rackets figure and the last active captain in the Scarfo crime family, today was jailed for up to 20 years on racketeering, extortion and gambling charges. "He will be taken into custody immediately," U.S. District Judge Robert Kelly said after a brief hearing in federal court. His wrists handcuffed behind his back, the well-tanned Idone, who has been living most of the time in St. Petersburg, Fla., shrugged and was taken out of the courtroom by deputy U.S. marshals.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2013
"Being Oscar: From Mob Lawyer to Mayor of Las Vegas - Only in America" (Weinstein Books), by Philadelphia native Oscar Goodman, with former Inquirer staff writer George Anastasia, arrived in bookstores Tuesday. First of two excerpts.   Chapter Ten IBM, NOT FBI They say you can't go home again, but in the mid-1980s I got a chance to spend quite a bit of time in Philadelphia. The FBI had a major investigation into the crime family there, targeting mob boss Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo and most of his top associates.
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February 19, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
WHO'S really in charge of the Philly mob? For the past few years, the answer might've depended on where you looked or whom you asked. Prosecutors. FBI agents. Street word. Underworld informants. Beat cops. Wiretapped conversations. Gamblers. Defense attorneys who will look you in the eye and swear that the Mafia ain't real. Some say Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi, 75, still runs the show. The low-key acting boss returned to Packer Park a year ago after spending 32 months in federal custody through two racketeering trials on a 2011 indictment.
NEWS
December 15, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Roy Scarfo, 88, of Downingtown, an artist whose illustrations of outer space captured the imagination of Americans from the 1960s on, died Monday, Dec. 8, of pancreatic cancer at the VA Medical Center in Coatesville. Mr. Scarfo's first illustrations came to the attention of the public in 1957 when they were published by his employer, General Electric. He spent 16 years as creative art director for GE's Space Technology Center, which opened in 1961 in Valley Forge. At the same time, he became a space art consultant and illustrator for Sun Co., NASA, the Department of Defense, the U.S. Senate, and others.
BUSINESS
July 21, 2014 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
When FBI agents knocked on the door of his home just before sunrise Nov. 1, 2011, in Chappaqua, N.Y., a wealthy suburb north of Manhattan, David Adler's nightmare was just beginning. As his wife and two children looked on, Adler was marched out of the house, handcuffed and placed in a car, and then driven to the federal courthouse in Camden. There, the bookish securities lawyer with thinning gray hair and rimless spectacles was charged with conspiring with a group led by mobster Nicodemo Scarfo, son of the infamous former mob boss, to take control of a Texas finance company and then loot it of millions.
NEWS
July 5, 2014 | By Julia Terruso and Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writers
Six months after they walked into the courthouse on a below-freezing January day, 12 jurors convicted reputed mobster Nicodemo Scarfo, associate Salvatore Pelullo, and two Texas mortgage company employees in a multimillion-dollar corporate scheme that will send the men to prison for decades. The trial involved thousands of exhibits, hundreds of FBI wiretapped conversations, and testimony over the course of months. The prosecution's aim was to prove that the men, along with three attorneys, looted First Plus Financial and defrauded shareholders of $12 million to benefit themselves and the Lucchese crime family.
NEWS
June 19, 2014 | By Michael Boren and Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writers
After nearly six months of testimony and an exhausting presentation of bank documents, wiretap recordings, and PowerPoint slides, the mortgage-fraud trial involving Nicodemo Scarfo Jr., son of jailed Philadelphia mob boss Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo, is headed to jurors. Scarfo and alleged mob associate Salvatore Pelullo are charged with taking over the Texas-based FirstPlus Financial mortgage company and looting its shareholders of $12 million. A former CEO of the company and four lawyers who worked with the men were also charged.
NEWS
April 19, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN The meeting at a North Jersey bar was convened to set things straight. Contrary to rumors bouncing around the Philadelphia-New Jersey mob world, Pete "the Crumb" Caprio did not have a hit out on Nicodemo S. Scarfo, son of the jailed, infamous mob boss. "If it was so, I said you would have been gone a long time ago," said Caprio to an associate in a secretly taped conversation of the meeting. The February 2000 recording - by mob associate and government informant Philip "Philly Fay" Casale - was played for jurors and dissected by lawyers Thursday in Scarfo's FirstPlus mortgage fraud trial, well into its fourth month.
NEWS
March 29, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN In more than three hours of testimony spread over two days, the former chief executive of a mortgage company said that a group allegedly led by reputed mobsters made false accusations to seize control of his firm. Dan Phillips, 64, was CEO of Texas-based FirstPlus Financial Group until 2007, when he and the company's board of directors relinquished control to an investment group. That group, prosecutors said, was made up of lawyers and other individuals working under the direction of Nicodemo Scarfo Jr., son of jailed Philadelphia mob boss Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo, and alleged mob associate Salvatore Pelullo.
NEWS
February 1, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN A veteran reporter who has covered organized crime in Philadelphia and South Jersey for more than 40 years will be permitted to watch a white-collar mob trial despite his name's appearing on the witness list, a federal judge ruled Thursday. George Anastasia, who wrote for The Inquirer until October 2012, was put on the defense's witness list in State v. Scarfo et al. The federal case alleges that reputed mobster Nicodemo Scarfo, son of jailed Philadelphia mob boss Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo Jr., and an associate, Salvatore Pelullo, along with several attorneys, orchestrated a racketeering scheme netting them millions.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
January 10, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN A federal prosecutor on Wednesday outlined the case against reputed mobsters charged with a massive racketeering scheme he claims looted $12 million from a Texas-based financial company. "This is a case about lying, cheating, and stealing," Assistant U.S. Attorney Howard Wiener said. "They lined their pockets with the millions they stole and cost shareholders millions. " Nicodemo Scarfo Jr., 45, son of jailed Philadelphia mob boss Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo, is charged along with alleged mob associate Salvatore Pelullo in a 25-count indictment.
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