A Pennsylvania man was sentenced today (December 15, 2022) to five years in prison for conspiring to participate in a criminal enterprise, including racketeering and running an illegal gambling business, all while working as a corporate executive. Philadelphia mafia family.
According to court documents, Steven Mazzone, 59, of Philadelphia, was a member of the Philadelphia organized crime family La Cosa Nostra (LCN), aka “mafia,” and led a large criminal network spread throughout Philadelphia and other areas of the. New Jersey. As an underboss, Mazzone set the rules for LCN members and their associates in the Philadelphia mafia and collected profits from illegal activities that were elevated through the LCN command structure. Mazzone also organized the formation of small groups of members and associates, or “employees,” which reported to middle managers, or “capos,” who reported to Mazzone.
“The Department of Justice has always been committed to dismantling the LCN nationwide and reducing its reach and power,” said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. of the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division. “In this case, the defendant used his position as an assistant to a Philadelphia organized crime family to try to revive its economy, robbing victims in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. As this prosecutor demonstrates, the department remains steadfast in its commitment to ending organized crime in our communities.”
The investigation used court-ordered wiretaps to intercept cellphones used by LCN members and their affiliates to conduct illegal sports betting and moneylending in the Philadelphia area. Wiretap evidence showed that Mazzone made high-interest loans to sportsbook customers who couldn’t pay back their loans, resulting in the accumulation of loans with interest rates as high as 264%. LCN members and associates have threatened defaulters with violence, including one threat to make the victim “disappear” for defaulting on the loan.
“Although the Philadelphia mob has been burdened for decades by lawlessness, LCN and its criminal activities are still a problem and are affecting the communities they serve,” said US Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. “The United States Attorney’s Office is committed to prosecuting anyone who commits serious crimes such as these, and we will not rest until the mob becomes a permanent memory in movie theaters.”
“The FBI is committed to eliminating organized crime groups like La Cosa Nostra that continue to threaten national security and the economy,” said Assistant Director Luis Quesada of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division. “We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to seek justice in organized crime and gangs and to protect our communities.”
The case represents Mazzone’s second federal conviction for LCN-related crimes. He had committed similar crimes in Philadelphia more than 20 years earlier as an inducted member of the Philadelphia mafia. In 2000, Mazzone was convicted of conspiracy to commit violence and illegal sports activities. In that case, Mazzone was caught on wiretaps discussing the robbery. One of the victims was shot and seriously injured during the raid. Mazzone was sentenced to nine years in prison for this crime.
The FBI, Pennsylvania State Police, and the Philadelphia Police Department investigated the case.
Attorney Alexander Gottfried of the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section and Assistant US Attorneys Jonathan Ortiz and Justin Ashenfelter of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania prosecuted the case.
Subject(s): Crime – Organized Crime and Gang Section, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), where USAO – Pennsylvania, Eastern
See First December 155 Press Release Number: 22-1371
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