Mob associate pleads guilty in Lucchese family gambling case

October 20th 2011 | Posted by UnderBoss


Michael A.Maffucci has pleaded guilty and agreed to a plea agreement for his role in an alleged Lucchese crime family gambling operation. Thirty four suspects were arrested back in 2010 as part of an investigation into the illegal gambling ring. Authorities claim the illegal gambling operation booked over $2 billion dollars worth of sports bets through web sites, toll free phone numbers, and a offshore wire room over a 15 month period. Under the plea agreement Maffucci will serve three to five years in prisonĀ  but will also testify against his co-defendants.



“Michael Maffucci on right”


Among those arrested along with Maffucci were reputed Lucchese family leaders Matthew Madonna and Joseph DiNapoli from New York and reputed New Jersey based Lucchese overseers Nicodemo Scarfo Jr and Ralph Perna. Scarfo Jr is the son of former reputed Philadelphia mafia boss Nicodemo Scarfo who is now serving a life sentence in prison for racketeering.

Maffucci is the third defendant in the case to date to plead guilty. Other defendants in the case face charges of racketeering , extortion, illegal gambling, assault, fraud, and conspiracy. State prosecutors claim they offered plea deal to about half of the defendants but plea offers were not made to either Nicodemo Scarfo Jr or Ralph Perna.



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