July 29, 2016 |
Federal Judge Franklin S. Van Antwerpen, 74, of Easton, Pa., who oversaw many high-profile cases during his years on the bench - including the prosecution of mob boss Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo and 17 codefendants - died Monday, July 25, in Easton. In 1988, a year after President Ronald Reagan appointed him to a judgeship in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, he was assigned to preside over the Scarfo trial. All 18 defendants were convicted, and all received prison terms. Scarfo was found guilty of participating in eight murders, four attempted murders, 17 extortions, and two drug deals, as well as bookmaking and loan-sharking.
January 21, 2016 |
John Parisi had been a law-abiding citizen most of his life. He had also been a close friend of reputed mobster Nicodemo Scarfo Jr., son of the former Philadelphia organized crime boss "Little Nicky. " In 2007, Parisi's life began unraveling after his friendship with Scarfo turned into a business relationship that scammed millions from a Texas-based financial institution that was forced into bankruptcy. On Tuesday, Parisi, 54, of Atlantic City, appeared in U.S. District Court in Camden, asking for leniency from Judge Robert Kugler.
August 1, 2015 |
An executive and a lawyer who participated in the takeover of a Texas financial firm and a $14 million fraud that benefited the Scarfo and Lucchese crime families were sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Camden. First Plus Financial CEO John Maxwell, 63, of Houston, was sentenced to 10 years in prison. His brother, attorney William Maxwell, 56, of Dallas, was sentenced to 20 years. Both were convicted of racketeering, conspiracy, and related offenses during a six-month trial last year that detailed a sophisticated crime operation led by Nicodemo S. Scarfo Jr., whose father is a former Philadelphia crime boss.
July 31, 2015 |
Salvatore Pelullo insisted that he is a good father and a hardworking businessman who perhaps uses "unconventional methods. " He is not the Scarfo organized crime associate who orchestrated a multimillion-dollar fraud, he told a federal Judge Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Robert Kugler disagreed as he sentenced Pelullo, 48, of Elkins Park, to 30 years in prison. It was not just a fraud that Pelullo created, it was a "massive fraud" designed to fund Pelullo's retirement and channel millions to the Scarfo and Lucchese crime families, Kugler said.
July 30, 2015 |
Reputed mobster Nicodemo Scarfo Jr. - son of former Philadelphia mob boss "Little Nicky" - will remain in prison for decades, following in his father's footsteps. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Robert Kugler sentenced Scarfo to 30 years for the "iron fist" control he used to extort money from a bank. The judge noted that Scarfo's conviction for racketeering, conspiracy, and related offenses was his fifth, and the second in the federal system. Scarfo was convicted last summer. Three others convicted also face sentencing this week.
February 19, 2015 |
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.
December 15, 2014 |
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.
July 21, 2014 |
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.
July 5, 2014 |
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.
June 19, 2014 |
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.