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Philly Mafia Bookie, Con Man Ordered Back To Prison For Another Four Years In Real Estate Grift Case

April 14, 2021 – Philadelphia mob associate Steve Sharkey was sentenced to four years in prison for his role in a real estate and identify theft scam this week by U.S. District Court Judge John Padova. He pleaded guilty back in September.

Sharkey’s co-defendant and fellow Philly mafia affiliate, Anthony (Tony Mortgage) Ambrosia, got hit with an 18-month prison term. Ambrosia and Sharkey are both linked to the Philly mob’s acting boss George (Georgie Boy) Borgesi, per court records and sources.

The pair fleeced investors for $400,000 in real-estate and mortgage fraud schemes where Sharkey and Ambrosia pocketed down payments made on bogus land deals. One of the victims in the case was Ambrosia’s brother-in-law.

Sharkey remains free on bond and is scheduled to turn himself in at the end of the summer to begin serving his sentence. Tony Mortgage will begin his short stint behind bars this spring.

The fast-talking 52-year old Sharkey is a convicted bookmaker, previously nailed in a 2000 racketeering bust alongside Borgesi. He did four years in the pen in that case, copping a plea to gambling charges. Borgesi, 57, on the other hand was convicted under the RICO act and served 13 years in the can.

The Sharkey-Ambrosia indictment identifies Borgesi as a capo, but sources claim that particular intelligence is dated and Borgesi was upped to acting boss duties in August 2019. Last year, award-winning investigative reporter Dave Schratwieser (FOX Philly 29, Mob Talk Sitdown) reported that Sharkey and Borgesi had a falling out over money and Sharkey has been placed on the local mob’s “pay no mind list.” When Borgesi and Sharkey were indicted together in 2000, Borgesi was the Bruno-Scarfo crime family’s consigliere.

Not Mounting A Defense: Western Mass. Mafia Enforcer Admits To Beating Debtor In Parking Lot Of Infamous Social Club

April 12, 2021 – Springfield (MA) mob strong arm Anthony (Fat Anthony) Scibelli pleaded guilty to extortion in federal court last week, admitting to collecting a debt for the local mafia syndicate. Springfield is a longtime outpost of the Genovese crime family out of New York. The 53-year old Scibelli was tape-recorded beating a debtor in the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Society Social Club parking lot in Springfield’s South End in June 2019.

The Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Society Social Club has acted as Ground Zero for the mob in Western Massachusetts for decades. These days, the club is run by reputed de-facto skipper of the Springfield mob crew, Albert (The Animal) Calvanese, a convicted loanshark and mafia affiliate.

The debtor (someone Scibelli beat up over a $40,000 debt that began as a $5,000 street loan) is described in federal court records as a “fixture at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Club.” Scibelli was recorded discussing “Albert” and the fact that the debtor should avoid angering him.

“I want my money motherfucker….. you’re a real cocksucker,” said Scibelli as he pounded the debtor, throwing him a beating outside the club after a card game. “I want my money by the first of the month.”

Scibelli is free on bond until his September sentence hearing. He will most likely receive an 18-month to two-year bid behind bars. The debt in question

Calvanese, 58, has never been charged in connection with Scibelli’s case. Authorities believe Calvanese took command of the Springfield mob crew in the 2010s after violent infighting, natural attrition and a series of government defections decimated the once well-oiled-machine of a rackets combine.

Scibelli is a distant relative of the notorious Scibelli brothers, former crew bosses, Frank (Frankie Skyball) Scibelli and Albert (Baba) Scibelli, who died in 2000 and 2012 respectively. Calvanese came up in the mob as a collector for the Scibelli brothers, per sources.

Forging A New Path: Motown Dope Boss “Detroit D” Williams Swept Up In Federal Drug Case Out Of Vermont

April 9, 2021 – Instead of taking the usual route utilized by many Michigan drug lords of the past, which has traditionally pointed directly south or into the hills of Appalachia, reputed Motor City kingpin Dajuan (Detroit D) Williams decided to head east to the mountains of Vermont and backwoods of Maine and west to the badlands of Montana and North Dakota to seek his fortune in the dope game, according to U.S. Prosecutors. He built a vast empire of power and pills, they say, cultivating sales turf from the natives and cutting local dealers in for a piece of the pie.

“Detroit D” Williams, 28, and seven members of his organization were indicted on 16 counts of narcotics and money laundering conspiracy charges back in December out of Burlington, Vermont, but Williams wasn’t arraigned in federal court until this week. He pleaded not guilty on Tuesday.

The DEA contends Williams flooded Vermont, Maine, Montana and North Dakota with cocaine, marijuana, speed, opiate pills in the late 2010s. DEA agents took Williams into custody on January 13 in Los Angeles at one of his various estates. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted in the case.

Williams was innovative in his decision to stay away from already-saturated markets in typical Detroit drug gang outposts like Kentucky, West Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia and instead focus on untapped territory in Vermont, Maine, Montana and North Dakota, noted an internal DEA memo circulated throughout federal law enforcement email chains in 2019. According to the indictment, Williams laundered narcotics proceeds through the purchase of several luxury vehicles, including a customized black-colored Maserati, a white Audi A7 and a grey BMW.

No Longer On Pins & Needles: Leader Of The Outlaws Motorcycle Club In New England Lands In Prison For Two Years

April 8, 2021 — Massachusetts biker boss Bruce (Monster) Sartwell will be spending the next two years in federal prison. Sartwell, 48, is a high-ranking member of The Outlaws Motorcycle Club at the national level. He runs the club’s New England affairs from his chapter headquarters in Brockton, a working-class town located just outside Boston. Monster himself lives in nearby East Bridgewater.

Last week, U.S. District Court Judge Denise Casper sentenced Monster Sartwell, a repeat felong, to 27 months behind bars and three years of supervised release. Sporting a mohawk hairdo and tattooed from head to toe, Sartwell pleaded guilty to weapons charges in the summer of 2020.

On October 19, 2019, Homeland Security officers at JFK International Airport in New York City intercepted a package sent to Sartwell from China containing a silencer. A subsequent search of his residence found an unregistered AR-15 with the serial number removed, a handgun, hundreds of rounds of ammunition for assault rifles (specifically of the AR-15 variety) and 20 hunting knives.

Delivery logs at the JFK Airport terminal where the package was red-flagged show more than 60 prior packages being transported from Asia to Sartwell between 2018 and 2019. The delivery pattern coincides with rising tensions between The Outlaws and their arch-rival, the Hells Angels. The two clubs, along with The Pagan’s MC, are in a war for control of East Coast biker turf. The Outlaws are in the middle of an aggressive expansion into New England, opening five new chapters in the region in the past two years, three in Massachusetts alone.

Monster Sartwell’s Brockton chapter of the club has been The Outlaws home office in the Boston area for the last two decades. Sartwell owns Pins & Needles tattoo parlor in downtown Brockton. His arrest record dates back to 1987.

Fearing The Reaper: The Mob, The KKK & The Civil Rights Movement In Mississippi

April 6, 2021

A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing

Dateline: Mississippi, January 1966

The mysterious stranger walked into an appliance store in Laurel, Mississippi, just outside of Hattiesburg, the deepest of the South, not far the Alabama border, looking for trouble. Well, he was the trouble, but he was hoping to stir up a whole lot more. It was in his nature. He walked with a swagger, jutting his broad shoulders out as he stepped to the store’s front counter to speak to the owner, Lawrence Byrd, about purchasing a new television set. It was clear by his deep voice and thick Yankee accent that he was from out of town. He told Byrd that he was visiting from New York, selling bibles to the local churches and needed a television for his hotel room.

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