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Scarfo And Associate Convicted Of All Counts Against Them

Nicodemo Scarfo, 49, of Galloway and Salvatore Pelullo, 47, of Philadelphia were convicted of all counts against them the Justice Department announced on Thursday.

Scarfo, who is believed to be a member of the Lucchese oranized crime family, and Pelullo, an associate of the crime family, were convicted of racketeering conspiracy, securities fraud, wire, fraud, bank fraud, extortion, money laundering and obstruction of justice.

Brothers William and John Maxwell of Texas were also convicted.

The convictions come after the jury deliberated for two weeks following a six-month trial.

"Today, four people stand convicted for giving new meaning to ‘corporate takeover’ – looting a publicly traded company to benefit their criminal enterprise,” U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said in a press release. “The defendants stole more than $12 million from shareholders through rampant self-dealing, fraudulent SEC filings and intimidation. The public should not have to worry that the interests of shareholders are being subverted to benefit organized crime or for other corrupt ends."

According to the Justice Department, Scarfo, Pelullo and others took over FirstPlus Financial Group, which is based in Texas, in April of 2007 by threatening economic harm. They were able to take over the company and replace the board of directors.

“Nicodemo Scarfo, Salvatore Pelullo and their cohorts used threats of physical and economic harm to take over a publicly traded financial firm, then callously and systematically looted the company out of millions of dollars to buy luxury items for themselves,” Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell said in a press release. “As a result of today’s guilty verdict, this mafia member and his conspirators now face substantial prison sentences."

Sentencing for Pelullo is scheduled for Oct. 21. Scarfo faces sentencing on Oct. 22. The Maxwell brothers will be sentenced the next day.


Hugh J. Hall July 03, 2014 at 08:54 PM
oh oh
Nancy July 04, 2014 at 12:42 AM
Salvatore ____________? Giuseppe , decide how you'd like to spell this guy's name before writing a story about him. You have it spelled at least three different ways.

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