Who is Anthony Gifoli?
Anthony Gifoli is one of the fifteen alleged mobsters and associates involved in the Philadelphia and New Jersey mafia who have been indicted on a string of charges, including federal racketeering, illegal gambling, extortion and drug trafficking. He is a reputed wiseguy nicknamed “Tony Meatballs“.
The suspects are accused of everything from illegal sports betting to heroin-peddling to offering loans at 400 percent interest — not to mention plotting to kidnap and possibly murder a drug dealer to save their reputations after the guy sold them fake narcotics.
How old is Anthony Gifoli?
Anthony Gifoli is 72 years old.
Tony Meatballs: What is the story?
Anthony Gifoli was named in the superseding grand-jury indictment along with others including the accused La Cosa Nostra underboss Steven “Stevie’’ Mazzone and alleged capo Domenic “Mr. Hopkins’’ Grande.
The crime family is accused of using its reputation and influence to control criminal rackets, like bookmaking and loansharking in Philadelphia and New Jersey’s Atlantic City dating back to August 2015.
Some of the men are also accused of peddling heroin, cocaine, fentanyl, methamphetamine and oxycodone, as well as being involved in a plot to kidnap or murder a dealer who sold members of the crime family fake drugs.
Tony Meatballs indictment fellows
Among the other named in the indictment are Joseph ‘Joey Electric’ Servidio, 60; Joseph Malone, 70; Louis ‘Louie Sheep’ Barretta, 56; Victor ‘Big Luca’ DeLuca, 56; Kenneth ‘Kenny’ Arabia, 67; Anthony Gifoli, 73; John Romeo, 58; Daniel Malatesta, 75; Daniel Bucceroni, 66; John Michael Payne, 34; Carl Chianese, 81; and Daniel Castelli, 67, who is also known as ‘Danny,’ ‘Cozzy,’ ‘Butch,’ and ‘Harry’.
10 of the mobsters and associates allegedly conspired to conduct and participate in the affairs of the Philadelphia LCN through both a pattern of racketeering activity and through the collection of unlawful debts.
What we know so far
The crime syndicate has been working from Philadelphia to Atlantic City, NJ, the feds said — as they laid out the Mafia hierarchy in court documents, as well as offered definitions for related key terms.
Federal officials said that unlike New York City, where several crime families have ruled over the years, Philadelphia and its surrounding area have been continuously under siege from the same single Mafia family since 1931.
The court documents only identified the family’s current “street boss’’ by the initials “M.L’’ The street boss can serve in place of the boss when the higher-up is “incapacitated due to imprisonment,’’ the papers said.
The Philly crime family’s consigliere — “typically an older, experienced mobster who counsels [the boss] on important issues’’ — was ID’d by the initials “J.L.’’
The feds described in the papers how “made men,’’ or “soldiers,’’ in a Mafia crime family must be of 100 percent Italian ancestry and vow at a secret initiation ceremony to “burn in Hell if I betray my friends.” If they turn “rat’’ and break “Omerta,’’ or the mob “Code of Silence,” they can be killed.
Meanwhile, mob “associates’’ are not “made men’’ because they either haven’t been initiated yet or they lack full Italian heritage, the papers explained.
In terms of Mazzone’s alleged group, they schemed in places including the now-defunct Broadway Theatrical Club in South Philadelphia, an Italian restaurant in Collingswood, NJ, and a cafe and lounge in Margate, NJ, according to court documents.
The seven-count indictment against the men includes charges of racketeering conspiracy, extortion, illegal gambling and narcotics distribution.
About half of the defendants are already behind bars.