Prosecution of suspected mafia members, “Joey Electric”, “Tony Meatballs”, 13 others


The 15 alleged members of the Philadelphia-based crime family will face federal rackets and related charges, prosecutors said.

The replacement indictment on Monday revealed that fifteen alleged accomplices in the La Cosa Nostra criminal family had been charged with conspiracy, illegal gambling, credit risk and drug trafficking, the U.S. Philadelphia East Attorney’s Office said.

Among the 15 defendants are 60-year-old Joseph Servidio, aka “Joey Electric,” and 73-year-old Anthony Gifoli — better known as “Tony Meatballs”.

The prosecution said the criminal organization made money by committing its alleged crimes and “used its reputation and influence to control criminal percussionists such as book-making and credit lending”.

Federal prosecutors say the crime family has been operating mainly since August 2015 in Philadelphia and southern Jersey, particularly Atlantic City.

According to court records, ten defendants were charged with alleged conspiracy to conduct and participate in mob-related activities. The remaining five have been charged with other crimes, including conspiracy to extort money and distribute controlled materials, the indictment said.

William McSwain, an American attorney for the East District of Philadelphia, said the crowd was “not like it used to be, and this is thanks to God,” but it remains a “problem.”

The Philadelphia mob is “allegedly still committing serious federal crimes, so we at the Department of Justice are focusing on eradicating this,” McSwain said in a statement. “We won’t rest until the mob is nothing more than a bad memory.”

The case is being handled by the FBI, the Philadelphia Police Department, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office.