August 25, 2014 |
Andrew Tuono's new girlfriend came with a warning. Dating Tiffany Galati, daughter of an auto mechanic with long-held ties to the Philadelphia mob, would one day get him killed, friends advised. That prediction nearly proved prescient last year, with an attack that left Tuono alive, but with three bullets in his gut - and his girlfriend's father accused of ordering the hit. Now, the details of that attempt on Tuono's life, sketched in government court filings this month, offer the latest account of one facet of Ronald Galati's deepening legal morass.
November 14, 2012 |
Reputed mob boss Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi vowed in 2009 to kill radio celebrity and restaurant owner Jerry Blavat, a mob turncoat testified Tuesday. Ligambi was livid over a Philadelphia Magazine article about the local mob, and believed Blavat was behind the story, Louis "Bent Finger Lou" Monacello said. "He was ranting and raving, 'That [expletive] Jerry Blavat, he set this up . . . Jerry Blavat, I'm gonna kill this [expletive]," Monacello said. There were no signs that the threat against Blavat, a Philadelphia radio icon and owner of Memories, a Margate, N.J. restaurant frequented by wiseguys, was more than hot air. Still, Monacello said, "If I were Jerry Blavat, I'd be nervous.
November 10, 2012 |
Louis "Bent Finger Lou" Monacello never killed anyone, he said. He stole cars, supervised gambling operations, collected debts and "tax" payments that reputed Philadelphia mob boss Joseph Ligambi allegedly demanded from other criminals. Occasionally, Monacello told jurors Friday, he smashed windows, slashed tires, even cracked heads. Once, on orders from above, Monacello staked out a South Philadelphia rival's house for three months before finally catching the man as he left to walk his dog one night, he said.
September 17, 2012 |
PHILLY WISEGUY Gaeton Lucibello was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison Friday for his role in a racketeering and extortion scheme with the local La Cosa Nostra. Lucibello, 59, pleaded guilty in August and admitted assisting in shaking down a bookie for "street tax" payments and operating two illegal video-poker machines as part of a racketeering conspiracy. He was one of the 14 Philly mob members and associates charged with racketeering conspiracy, extortion, loan sharking, illegal gambling, witness tampering and theft in a 52-count indictment.
September 6, 2012 |
IT COULD BE WORSE for indicted mob boss Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi. His co-defendants are dropping like flies this summer, but at least they're not singing like birds. Philadelphia mob associate Louis Barretta, 48, pleaded guilty Wednesday to racketeering conspiracy, after last month's guilty pleas of wiseguys Marty Angelina and Gaeton Lucibello. None will testify against Ligambi and seven others scheduled to go on trial Oct. 9. The indictment does not include any murders, but the racketeering allegations involving bookmaking, extortion and the operation of illegal video-poker machines could carry significant jail time for Ligambi, 73, and other high-ranking mobsters, if convicted.
August 3, 2012 |
Don't worry, Philly wiseguys. Gaeton Lucibello isn't pulling a Henry Hill on you. He won't be taking the stand to tell the jury about the alleged crimes of Philly mob boss Joseph Ligambi and his underlings. That's because the guilty plea Lucibello finalized Thursday doesn't require him to dish on La Cosa Nostra to receive a little leniency. "It's a noncooperation agreement," said David Fritchey, chief of the Organized Crime Strike Force in the U.S. Attorney's Office.
May 4, 2012 |
A detention memo filed this week in U.S. District Court by federal prosecutors provides a "fly-on-the-wall" look at a May 2010 mob meeting in an unnamed New Jersey restaurant. The memo was filed in support of a government motion to deny bail to Joseph "Scoops" Licata, 70, and Louis "Big Lou" Fazzini, 45, who were added as defendants in a racketeering case against Philadelphia mob leader Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi and 11 others. The memo includes more than a dozen references to secretly recorded conversations picked up on a body wire worn by a cooperating witness While the witness is not identified by authorities, reliable sources say it was Nicholas "Nicky Skins" Stefanelli, a soldier in the Gambino crime family who wore a wire for the FBI for two years.
March 21, 2012 |
He's filed for bankruptcy. He's pleaded guilty to racketeering. He's scheduled to be a key witness against reputed mob boss Joseph Ligambi and George Borgesi, Ligambi's volatile nephew and fellow mobster. Yet he continues to live in a house in Ventnor, frequents local restaurants, and is spotted in Atlantic City casinos. Since his release on bail in June, that's been the life of Louis "Bent Finger Lou" Monacello, a wannabe wiseguy who loved playing the game but is trying not to pay the price.
January 30, 2012 |
JOE STANFA doesn't want you to read this. He can't make you put down the newspaper or click on another website, but he's worried that continuing on could be bad for business, for his fresh start. "I don't want to scare people away," Stanfa said from behind the counter at Joey Giusepp's, his new pizzeria just off the Schuylkill Expressway, in Grays Ferry. Stanfa is perhaps the only proprietor in Philadelphia who doesn't want you to know about his pizza joint. He'd rather make you a hoagie than talk about the blood that was shed at the same address nearly 20 years ago, or the story behind the scar on his cheek.
July 19, 2011 |
NOTE: This story has been corrected from its original version . Federal prosecutors appear to have obtained a guilty plea against one of the 13 defendants charged in a sweeping indictment in May against reputed Philadelphia mob boss Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi and some of his top lieutenants. A court document filed yesterday in federal district court said Louis "Bent Finger Louie" Monacello, 44, of Philadelphia, has agreed to plead guilty. Monacello was charged with conspiracy and extortion offenses. The plea documents in Monacello's case have been filed under seal, which may indicate that he may be cooperating with the government.