Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Scarfo's Cousin Gets 30-Month Term

By George Anastasia
For Bigtrial.net

Nobody wants to go to jail, but 30 months is a lot better than 30 years.

That's the bottom line for John Parisi who was sentenced this morning for his role in the FirstPlus financial fraud case.

Parisi is the cousin of Nicodemo S. Scarfo who, along with Salvatore Pelullo, was convicted last year of masterminding the $14 million ripoff of FirstPlus Financial, a Texas-based mortgage company. The government charged that Scarfo, the son of jailed mob boss Nicodemo D. "Little Nicky" Scarfo, and Pelullo, a mob wannabe, used the specter of organized crime to instill fear into FirstPlus officials and employees while secretly taking control of the company back in 2007.

Each was sentenced to 30 years in prison by Judge Robert Kugler back in July.

Parisi, 54, was one of more than a dozen defendants indicted in the case. He pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to commit wire fraud charge in September 2013 as part of a plea agreement and was facing a maximum five-year sentence. Other charges against him were dropped. This morning, during a brief hearing in federal court in Camden, Kugler sentenced Parisi to 30 months in jail.

Authorities alleged that Parisi helped set up and control one of several straw companies that Scarfo and Pelullo used to siphon cash out of FirstPlus. The money came through FirstPlus purchases of over valued companies the two had set up or through bogus consulting contracts.

Parisi was tied to Learned Associates, an Atlantic City straw company that was part of the scam. He was described as a player, but not a major participant, in what the government said was an organized crime foray into the banking and mortgage business. U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said Scarfo and Pelullo had given new meaning to the term "corporate takeover" when he announced indictments in the case back in 2011.

In a news release announcing the sentencing, the U.S. Attorney's Office said today that Parisi managed a family trust and a limited liability company on behalf of Scarfo as part of the scheme to defraud FPFG.

"Parisi said Scarfo directed him in the use of various bank accounts through which Scarfo received hundreds of thousands of dollars between July 2007 and April 2008 as part of the scheme," according to the press release.

In addition to his prison term, Parisi was sentenced to two years of supervised release and ordered to pay $14 million in restitution, authorities said.

That figure, while an unrealistic number in terms of actual restitution, is indicative of the scope of the fraud.

Parisi, of Atlantic City, is the second person with family ties to Scarfo to take a hit -- however minor -- in the FirstPlus scam. Scarfo's wife, Lisa Murray Scarfo, was sentenced to probation for her role in a mortgage fraud tied to the couple's purchase of a $715,000 Egg Harbor Township home.

The house, jewelry, a yacht and a Bentley automobile owned by Pelullo all have been lost or forfeited as a result of the convictions and guilty pleas growing out of the case.

This was not the first time Parisi was caught in the line of fire. He was one of two people dining with Nicky Scarfo Jr. on a now infamous Halloween night in 1989 when a hitman opened fire. Scarfo was at a table at Dante & Luigi's Restaurant in South Philadelphia when the attempted hit went down. He was eating a plate of clams and spaghetti when a man wearing a Halloween mask and carrying a trick-or-treat bag walked up to the table, pulled a machine pistol out of the bag and opened fire.

Scarfo was hit six times, but survived the shooting. The attack, however, marked the end of his jailed father's attempt to continue to run the Philadelphia branch of Cosa Nostra by using his son as a proxy.

Parisi was was not hit by any of the gunfire. But more than a decade later, he couldn't dodge a bullet in the FirstPlus case.

George Anastasia can be reached at George@bigtrial.net.

131 comments:

  1. George A. You Keep Protecting Those Wannabes They Hurt A lot Of People. YOU FORGET A LOT!!! People Have A Right To Say What They Feel. They Don't Like The Truth,You Should Not Take Down There Comments.

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    1. We'll see how this goes. Anyone can comment, but when the comments -- as they always do -- start to get into the salacious and the petty personal crap, then I freeze the section. You folks decide how you want it to go.
      I'm not going to babysit this section and delete on an individual basis. If the comments go the way they have in the past, then I'll freeze the section.
      It's not complicate.
      Always, I always find it interesting that the guys throwing these verbal stones hide behind anonymity.

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  2. They Have A Right To Be Anonymous.

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  3. Again These Guys Are The Real Gangsters!!!They Know How To Make Money.

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  4. Scarfos Guy's Always Made MONEY!!!!

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  5. yeah not like the ratfellas!!

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  6. I Don't Understand!! Why They Have Domanic Grande Around. His Father Is A Big RAT!!! The Apple Don't Fall Far From The Tree!

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  7. Phil Narducci Is A True GANGSTER!!

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  8. EVERYONE SAYS PHIL NARDUCCI IS THE REAL DEAL! IT LOOKS THAT WAY!...

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  9. The Ratfellas Have Two Card Games A Week!! That's How They Earn! What A Joke!....

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  10. The Ratfellas Don't How To Make Money!Morons....

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    3. Man you got a lot of time on your hands.

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  11. That Grande Kid Will Rat!

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  18. Phil Narducci Is A GOOD FELLA !!!!! He's 100% GANGSTER!,,

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  19. Anything On Galati That RAT!!!!

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  20. What's A POLOCK KNOW ABOUT THE MOB.

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  21. Yeah He's Talks Detroit Mob He Doesn't Know Shit!!!!!

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  22. Hey Kire Go Lay Down! You Don't Have A Clue.....

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  23. I Know He's A Dope!!!!

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  24. Dom grande is stand up gentle man .n a good earner $$$$

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  26. GEORGE A. THANK YOU FOR YOUR GREAT WORK!! YOU'RE ONE OF THE BEST!

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  27. How's Lance Doing?

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  28. GEORGE A. ANYTHING ON THE GAMBINOS MOB A LOT OF THEM ARE IN TOWN.

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  29. The Polock Is Back!!

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  30. You Talk SHIT!!!!!! POLISH BOY!!

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  31. Your Father Loves BIG SAUSAGES!! LOL

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  32. Eat The Italian Sausage POLISH BOYIE

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  33. What's up with the skinny one?

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  34. GEORGE A. WHERE DID YOU FIND THIS BOBBY VINTON WANNABE!!!

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  35. Skinny Was In The MUMERS PARADE NEW YEAR'S DAY. BACK IN FLORIDA

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  36. Yo POLISH PRINCE STOP ACTING LIKE A MOBSTER! BLOCK HEAD!!!!!! LOL

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  40. YOU'RE BOY GRANDE FATHER IS RAT!!! DON'T FORGET ABOUT THAT!!!

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  41. Stevie Is Out Of The Closet.

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  48. Georgie is a peaceful man ..jail changed him...he reformed. ...

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  49. PHIL NARDUCCI IS A MAN'S MAN!!! ONE OF A KIND.NOT MANY GUYS LIKE HIM AROUND.

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  50. phil narducci is GOLD!!!

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  51. Phil's Father Inlaw ROCY IS A GREAT GUY!

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  52. Hey Kire There's No More Philly Mob It's Over Cuz!!!!

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  53. Only Thing Left Is COINS!!!!!!!!

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  55. Noooooo Their Known As RATFELLAS! NOW.

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  57. PHIL NARDUCCI IS WELL LIKED BY NEW YORK!! HE'S STRONG.

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  58. SKINNYS BOSS RATED RALPH NATALE.

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  59. ONLY GUY'S YOU CAN TRUST IS PHIL NARDUCCI CREW.

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  61. Yes He Hangs At Stogie Joe's He's Been In Jail Most Of His Life! He As No Power At All!!!

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  63. Nooooo I Heard He's Father Isn't Too Happy With Him! He Put His Wife On 60 Minutes. Johnny Changs Wife Rating On John John Veasy. Everybody Saying That Was A Rat Move!!!!

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  71. I can't believe johnny chang put his wife on 60 minutes. too rat on john john veasy, I remember seeing the program. I heard johny chang was hiding from veasy. veasy was looking for him.

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  72. I'm Hearing Johnny Chang And Sonny Mazzone Are Rats!!

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  73. That's Old News Cuz!!!^

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  74. I Heard stevie mazzone was bye!

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  75. GEORGE A. anything on the gambino guys I heard their making a boat load of money!here in philly.

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  76. Them Guys Know How To Make Money!!^

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  77. Anybody Know Who This Guy Kire Is? Man He Knows Alot!!!!!!

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  81. Your Right Kire!! SKINNY Made Himself Boss.NY Hates Merlino!!!

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  82. THE RATFELLAS FEAR PHIL NARDUCCI!

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  85. And then people get made when George blocks the comments ? Really ? After reading some of this .......its pretty self explanatory

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