Philly Mobster Gets 30 Years For $12M Extortion Scheme

By Alex Wolf (July 29, 2015, 8:44 PM EDT) -- Another Lucchese crime family member convicted by a federal jury in New Jersey on racketeering and fraud charges for his role in a $12 million extortion takeover that forced a Texas mortgage lender into bankruptcy was sentenced to 30 years in prison Tuesday, the Department of Justice announced.

Salvatore Pelullo, 48, received his punishment, which also includes a $14 million restitution payment and five years of supervised release, a day after reputed Lucchese crime family mobster Nicodemo Scarfo Jr. received an identical sentence for his role in the extortion plot.

Pelullo's attorney, Troy A. Archie of the Law Offices of Afonso...

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