This week is an update to earlier blog posts.
Nicodemo Scarfo Jr. is the son of Philadelphia Mafia Boss Nicky Scarfo Sr. and a made member of the Lucchese Family. Nicodemo has been a forward thinker in the Mafia world because he was among the first to use computers and encryption to evade the FBI. He used computers to run his bookmaking and shylocking business and then he went into the corporate take-over business.
Nicodemo and friends used Mafia tactics to take over Irving, Texas based First Plus Financial Group, a mortgage company. They gained control of the board using threats and other means and then they proceeded to loot the company of 12 million dollars in less than a year. They used shell companies owned by Nicodemo and friends to bill for work that they did not need or want. Then, after they were successful, they bought more companies and stole even more. They were caught on wiretaps speaking to Nicky Scarfo Sr. and Lucchese Family Boss Vic Amuso about the scheme. In one recording Nicodemo was caught telling his father, "They were a good 6 to 10 months off from helping everyone." “Everyone” meant other Mafia associates. I am sure both the elder Scarfo and Boss Amuso got their end first. Nicodemo used the cash to by homes, jewelry, weapons and a yacht which they named "Priceless". This scheme made them 12 million plus and Nicodemo's Bookmaking made them a pile before this arrest. He is a forward thinker and a moneymaker, but the one thing I do not understand is why buy a huge house, cars and that yacht. He had to know that the FBI was going to be busting down their doors and seize all their newly acquired showy wealth. Why not not bury the cash and then when you get caught claim poverty, take a deal, get out in 10 years and still have some hidden cash to show for it. This time Nicodemo is facing 20 years but he will probably not get the full sentence.
The next up is Alicia Garofalo the wife of Colombo Associate Eddie Garofalo. Eddie pled out and took a deal so his wife did not have to suffer as much as him. The problem is that Alicia then became a cast member on the TV show “Mob Wives.” In her pre-sentencing memorandum she claims that she only took the gig to provide for her children. The Feds countered this by rightly saying that she was glorifying the life. They are right, why should she get to profit from the life and not have to pay, unlike her husband. Her defense team claims that she was showing how bad the life was and what it does to families. I could tell from her parties in Las Vegas and other places, running around with the cast members places that she was trying to show how bad the life is for her. When I was wearing a wire inside the mobile home that served as Big R Trucking's office she was on the phone with Eddie billing for his other company T&E or “Teddy and Eddie,” their heavy equipment company. She grew up in the area and knew who the Persicos were and what they do. She was not innocent or a victim.
Even before I was no longer in Brooklyn I knew they had gone up on the phones and had caught her speaking about the business. Steve Marcus, who flipped after me, continued to give them probable cause to investigate Alicia.
I hope the judge does not buy all the crap in her Memorandum and gives her some time and at least a 100k fine. Unlike others who deal drugs or even Nicodemo Scarfo who stole from a company, she stole from hardworking Union members health and pension benefits. I love how her lawyers have to point out what a hard life she has had because her father died when she was young and she is a single mother of three children. Somehow through all that hardship she was able to enjoy the good life with Eddie: taking vacations, gambling, going out on his speed boat and having an affair. Poor Alicia.
Now for Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, the Dragon head or “Dai Lo” of the Chee Kung Tong (centuries old Chinese Triad or Mafia). Shrimp Boy had a bail hearing and his lawyer the great Tony Serra put together 10 character witnesses who testified that he was a changed man and sought to help the community. He was against violence or at least the kind he did not approve. The FBI countered that it was act and that he was a danger to the community because he was the leader and was in command of a lot of criminals. They claim to have more than enough evidence to show that he was and is a very dangerous criminal that sought to sell stolen goods, murder and launder money. The judge agreed with the US Attorney and ordered Shrimp Boy be held without bail. The one thing I find wrong with this case is Senator Leeland Yee’s involvement. This is a man that gained the public trust and swore that he would do what is right for the people of the State of California. He voted for gun control and against violent video games, yet he was at the same time making deals to buy military weapons from Philippine Muslim Terrorists and turning around to sell them for cash. He is right there in pictures with the criminal Shrimp Boy and yet he gets bail? He should be the one locked up because he was pretending to be a good guy, and he clearly was not.