Feds Find Philly Mob Spreading Its Influence into Atlantic City

US Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Federal investigators have determined that a criminal mob organization in Philadelphia has been recruiting individuals for years and sending them to Atlantic City.

The latest developments in a Philadelphia mob case seem straight out of a movie. On Monday, indictments were unsealed by federal prosecutors involving 15 alleged members of a mob in Philadelphia. The individuals have been charged with drug trafficking, gambling, and extortion along with racketeering. With the latest information revealed to the public, we now know the gang was heading into Atlantic City to spread out its criminal activities.

Details of the Indictments

Eastern District of Pennsylvania US Attorney’s Office has revealed that since 2015, the crime family of Bruno-Scarfo has been adding new members. The new recruits were then sent to Atlantic City to conduct criminal activity. Reports show that Steven Mazzone and Domenic Grande were the ones who sent the individuals to the gambling town.

The mob went to Atlantic City and extorted local bookies as well as loan sharks. They also were drug trafficking in the area including distributing fentanyl, cocaine and heroin. The individuals associated with the charges include people with odd nicknames like Tony Meatballs, Louie the Sheep and Joey Electric.

Ten of the 15 men who face charges have been accused of involvement with racketeering. They also took care of collecting debts in an unlawful manner. The other five men face several charges including conspiracy to extort extensions of credit, operating an illegal gambling busines and conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.

On top of that, the individuals are accused of plotting to murder and kidnap a drug dealer. This individual reportedly sold the mob fake meth.

Going Back in Time

In late 1977, the Commission of Investigation in New Jersey, discovered that the crime family from Philadelphia had infiltrated the region, just before the first casinos were set to open in Atlantic City. At the time, operations were ran by Nicodemo Scarfo, also known as Little Nicky. He ended up taking over the family business in 1980 after Angelo Bruno was murdered.

Scarfo saw the gambling business as a way to increase his business. He used acts of intimidation to make a ton of cash from the new industry. Reportedly, Scarfo took on many of the developers in Atlantic City, including Donald Trump.

In 1978, New Jersey Governor Brendan Byrne told the mafia to keep their filthy hands out of Atlantic City. However, the mob did not seem intimidated. They actually killed a judge in New Jersey in 1978 for refusing to take a bribe and do their bidding.

The Local 54 is the union that represents casino employees in AC. It was found out in the late 1980s that the Scarfo family had bribed members of the union as well as engaged in corrupt activity with employees in the industry.

Apparently Still Going Strong

Once Scarfo was sent to prison in 1988, it seemed the mob in Philly was weakened. However, its former leaders recent prosecutions show the mob is still in operation. The power and influence seem to still be holding on.

When announcing the criminal charges against the members of the gang, US Attorney William McSwain commented that the dedicated efforts of federal law enforcement over the past few decades involving the mob have ensured that the organization is not what it used to be.

However, it is still a problem and the group is allegedly still committing serious federal crimes. The Department of Justice is focused on stopping this activity from happening. They will not rest until the mob is inoperable and a memory.

More details about the mob activity may come out in the future. It will be interesting to see what exactly they were doing in Atlantic City including which casinos or other businesses might have been affected.

Associate Writer: Suzie has extensive experience writing on a number of different topics, but writing on slots remains her first love, and it really shows.