NJ Judge Trims Attys' Charges In Lucchese Racketeering Case

Law360, New York (April 23, 2014, 4:58 PM EDT) -- A New Jersey federal judge on Wednesday declined to toss racketeering charges against a pair of reputed Lucchese crime family associates accused of draining $12 million from a mortgage lender and forcing its bankruptcy but dismissed counts against two attorneys and another defendant.

In a brief order, U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler declined to dismiss any of a host of charges, including racketeering conspiracy, securities fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, bank fraud, extortion and money laundering, against Nicodemo Scarfo and Salvatore Pelullo.

Judge Kugler did,...
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