Away from the mess that is New York, the New Jersey faction of the Lucchese family has been able to get some pretty good money making ventures going.
Nicky Scarfo Jr. and his crew infiltrated a mortgage company and stole millions. I think Nicky Jr. is down for the count this time. Who can tell because strange things happen in the mafia world these days.
I hear that a certain spouse of a Mob Wives personality is free at home. The strange thing is he no longer shows up on the BOP search. They still have dead guys like Greg Scarpa, so this is strange. Today guys get busted and there is no case and yet their partners go down. You would have to be crazy to work with anyone today. There was a murder on Staten Island last week which may be something, or not.
This is why I am writing about Ralph Perna Sr. and his three sons. Ralph was a top capo that stepped in for Nicky Scarfo and was in control of a ultra lucrative bookmaking operation. The operation pulled in 2.2 billion in bets. Even if they were stupid, somebody took vig in the neighborhood of 220 million. The State and Feds have not announced any huge seizures of cash.
Ralph Sr., Joseph Perna and John Perna each plead guilty to first degree racketeering, gambling and money laundering charges in June.
They were part of a massive bust that took down 34 of their co-conspirators including some Blood Gang members in 2010. Ralph Perna Jr. still has his charges pending at this time.
Ralph Sr. will get 8 years while Joseph will get 10 years, but the charges against his wife were dropped. John Perna was given 10 years also but all of them will be eligible for parole after serving half their time.
They got a pretty sweet deal considering who they are and what they were charged with by the state.
Their lawyers were able to get the judge to remove all references to violence from their pre sentencing reports. Even the wiretap evidence of them making threats to collect debts had to be dropped because it was not in the plea deal.
The Bloods Gang and Joseph Perna stuff had to be taken out because he did not plea to helping them smuggle cell phones and drugs into a prison.
There are still 20 others awaiting their time in court on this case. The case has gone on so long that 3 men have died in the time since they were taken down.
This seems like a huge waste of New Jersey’s time. They have casinos in the state and Lotto. Nobody is ever forced to place a bet with a bookmaker. Why do all the games have odds if they do not want you to bet?