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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Philly Mob Boss Fake Job Out Of Sopranos

New revelations about jailed Philadelphia mob boss Joe Ligambi are right out of "The Sopranos," as Ligambi is accused of getting huge bucks for a phantom job.

In a report about "garbage gangsters," New Jersey's Commission Of Investigation has raised disturbing allegations about how Ligambi made money as a "no show" employee for a South Jersey trash company.

In the fictional "Sopranos," Tony Soprano was employed as a "waste management consultant."

The report says Ligambi was paid over $50,000 a year but didn't perform any duties for the company while it hauled trash at the Philadelphia Produce Market.

Mob boss Ligambi wasn't shy about wearing his top job disposal tee shirt around his South Philly neighborhood. After all the feds and now the new jersey state commission of investigation confirm that Ligambi got paid rather handsomely for a job they say required him to do absolutely nothing.

"The job certainly was not a legitimate job, i think you used the term a mob connected company and a no show job, that's exactly right," says David Troyer, an Assistant U.S. attorney.

"The government is making an awful lot of allegations, they've yet to prove a blessed thing in court," says Edwin Jacobs, Ligambi's attorney.

The SCI says Ligambi was on the top job payroll from 2003 to 2011 when he was arrested along with a dozen other wiseguys and associates in a major federal racketeering case

The SCI says he was paid a thousand dollars a week for over eight years, almost $500,000, but "performed no official work for the company.

Top job hauled trash for years at the old Philadelphia Produce Market in south Philly. The SCI says top job got the contract there in 2001 and renewed it in 2006 for $850,000 a year.

The SCI report says Ligambi also received health benefits for he and his family until last April. Top job continues to haul trash at the new regional produce market on Essington Avenue, which was built with $152 million dollars of taxpayer money.

Greg Goffredo, the son of the former owner of top job, told Fox 29 he left Joe Ligambi on the payroll because it was one of his father's last dying requests. He no longer has any involvement with the company.

Goffredo disputed the SCI report that he has any controlling interest in top job or that the company has any organized crime connections.



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