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Philadelphia La Cosa Nostra Capo Pleads Guilty to Racketeering Conspiracy
U.S. Department of Justice April 19, 2013  
 

WASHINGTON—Anthony Staino, 55, of Swedesboro, New Jersey, pleaded guilty yesterday to participating in a racketeering conspiracy as a capo in the Philadelphia La Cosa Nostra (LCN) family and committing loan sharking and illegal gambling.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and Edward J. Hanko, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by U.S. District Judge Eduardo C. Robreno of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Staino pleaded guilty to conspiring to conduct and participate in the affairs of the Philadelphia LCN family through a pattern of racketeering activity. He faces a maximum penalty of 70 years in prison when he is sentenced on Jul. 17, 2013.

Through court documents and statements yesterday in court, Staino admitted that, as a made member and capo of the Philadelphia LCN family, he gave a usurious loan to an undercover FBI agent and used threats of violence to collect payments on the loan. Staino also admitted that he ran an illegal electronic gambling device business for the mob, providing video poker machines, and other gambling devices for bars, restaurants, convenience stores, coffee shops, and other locations in Philadelphia and its suburbs and then collected the illegal gambling proceeds.

The case is being investigated by the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, the Pennsylvania State Police, the New Jersey State Police, the Philadelphia Police Department, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations, and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration. Additional assistance was provided by the New Jersey Department of Corrections.

The case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorney John S. Han of the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Frank A. Labor, III and Suzanne B. Ercole of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Valuable prosecutorial assistance was provided by the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General.


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Mobster sentenced in gambling, loan-sharking operation

Louis Fazzini








Posted: February 26, 2013



 

 













A North Jersey mobster, who admitted to participating in the affairs of Philadelphia's La Cosa Nostra, was sentenced today to a 55 month term in federal prison.

Louis "Big Lou" Fazzini, 45, pleaded guilty in October to a racketeering conspiracy charge linked to a mob-controlled gambling and loan-sharking operation.

A self-described "made" member of the mob, Fazzini, of Caldwell, operated a sports bookmaking business and ran a social club in northern New Jersey where illegal gambling on card and dice games occurred regularly. In addition, he devised a scheme to get health benefits through a "no show" job at a trash hauler controlled by the Philly mob.

Fazzini was convicted of similar charges in 1999 in Newark and sentenced to 48 months in prison.

In recognition of his loyalty to the mob, Fazzini was formally initiated into the Philadelphia mob with Joseph Ligambi presiding over Fazzini's making ceremony. In a conversation recorded by federal investigators, Fazzini recounted the ceremony:

"When I got straightened out, you either knew you were getting straightened out (meaning initiated) or you're getting clipped (meaning murdered). One of the f..ing two."

Fazzini told the story about how Ligambi could not get blood out of Fazzini's finger with a pin during the ceremony, so he used the ceremonial knife and "the f..ing blood splashed all over his shirt, my shirt...," according to court documents.

Federal authorities previously described Fazzini as a key operative for Joseph "Scoops" Licata, a capo who headed the Philadelphia crime family's Newark-area operations.


Contact Sam Wood at 215-854-2796, @samwoodiii or samwood@phillynews.com.


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