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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
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.
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.
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.
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July 29, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 21, 2016 | By Barbara Boyer, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 1, 2015 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 31, 2015 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 30, 2015 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
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