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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Two more mobsters indicted in case against Philly mob boss

Joseph “Scoops” Licata, long-time leader of the North Jersey faction of the Philadelphia mob, was indicted on racketeering charges today as federal authorities expanded a pending case against alleged mob boss Joseph Ligambi and more than a dozen of his associates.
The indictment adds Licata and reputed North Jersey mob soldier Louis “Big Lou” Fazzini as defendants and includes two new charges against Ligambi tied to an alleged “no show” job at a South Philadelphia trash disposal company.
Ligambi, already facing racketeering charges built around gambling, loansharking, extortion, and the operation of illegal video-poker machines, now is also charged with collecting $224,424 in medical benefits for himself and his family members from a Teamsters Health & Welfare Fund.
The “benefit plan” was part of Ligambi’s no-show employment at the Top Job trash company. The New Jersey State Commission of Investigation detailed allegations that Ligambi received a weekly salary of about $1,000 from 2003 to 2010 while doing no work for the company.
A recent SCI report focused on what it said were systematic and long-standing problems of mob involvement in the solid waste disposal business. The new charges in the indictment repeat and expanded on the allegations in that report.
Ligambi, 72, has been held without bail since his arrest in May. Licata, 70, of Florham Park, and Fazzini, 45, of Caldwell, were arrested today and are scheduled to make intitial appearances in federal court in Philadelphia.



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