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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Philadelphia soldier sentenced to 12 years in prison

A Philadelphia La Cosa Nostra mobster was sentenced Thursday for staging a robbery of a New Jersey pawnshop and check cashing business so the owner could collect insurance money, federal prosecutors said.
Salvatore "Sam” Piccolo, 68, of Atlantic City, also has admitted that he sold nearly a half-pound of crystal meth to undercover FBI agents, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Piccolo was sentenced to over 12 years in prison and was also ordered to pay $174,025 in restitution to the insurance company the shop owner filed the claim with, Northland Insurance of Minnesota, officials said
Clad in a nylon mask, Piccolo and an associate entered the pawnshop on April 19, 2014, chained the front doors closed and pulled out a handgun, authorities said.
They bound the owner and then stole cash, jewelry and a gun from a safe in the business, according to the statement. The owner claimed the safe contained $60,000 in cash and eventually was paid the $174,025 claim by the insurance company.
The money was transferred from the insurance company’s Citibank account to the business owner’s Bank of America account in November 2014, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said in the statement.
Piccolo also sold meth to undercover FBI agents three times in 2017; once in Sicklerville restaurant parking lot and twice in Atlantic City, federal prosecutors said. The agents paid him over $11,000 in cash for the drugs.



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