Handsomely Paid Out Of South Philly: Snippets Of FBI Transcripts Provide Added Insight Into Innerworkings Of Bruno-Scarfo Mob

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July 5, 2022 — New glimpses into the power Philadelphia mafia underboss Steven (Handsome Stevie) Mazzone wields in the Bruno-Scarfo crime family were shown in Mazzone’s sentencing memo in the form of fresh wiretap transcripts revealing discussions related to Mazzone’s role running gambling and shakedown affairs on behalf of the family. The wildly popular and always suave 58-year old Mazzone recently pleaded guilty to federal racketeering charges and is ready to report to prison to serve four years on the case. Below are the new tidbits in the feds’ case against Mazzone, who has been in a leadership position in the Philly mob since the 1990s.

Mazzone speaking candidly in October 2015 of his desire to reclaim mob turf in Atlantic City and use one of his favorite enforcers and old-time intermediaries Kenny Arabia to get the job done.

“We got to get ahold back in AC, buddy. Thats what i want. Thats what i want done. Gotta to get that back, period. Plant the flag again. I mean we have a few guys out there right now, ya know. I’m going to have you out there. You’re going to have a couple more guys with you. You’re going to have my guy Kenny Arabia with you, too, cuz. I want you do something for me. I want you to do me a favor and put him out there. Kenny’s good people……There’s a guy there now and he is pushing big money out there. I can’t get nobody to get the hooks into him. If you can help, if you can guide him. He’s going to be there. You never have to worry about Kenny.”

On March 25, 2016, Mazzone tells a wired wiseguy about his sports betting business going through his longtime right-hand Lou (Louie Sheep) Barretta at a meeting held at Stokes Sports Bar in South Philly.

“This is Louie Sheep. He’s my main man. All the action goes through him.”

On June 20, 2016, Kenny Arabia is recorded by a mob figure (identified as “CS”), discussing gambling money always flowing up to Mazzone.

KA: That all goes to our guy.

>CS: Yeah, right.

KA: Yeah, that all goes to Stevie. You know, our people.

CS: Ain’t they have to go through our house, the Philly house?

KA: Yeah, absolutely. Well, it’s him. Louie (and his people) handles the phones.

CS: Thats what I mean, edging off. We’re going to edge off (the bets) right?

KA – We ain’t edging off to nobody. We’re going to keep it all. And we’re going to give it to him (Stevie).

On June 22, 2017, Mazzone’s former father-in-law Joe Malone is caught trying to collect a gambling debt on Mazzone’s behalf.

“I need the money by 1 o’clock every Saturday. I settle up with these guys every Saturday at 1. Listen, I ain’t mad at you. These guys are breathing down my neck. My son-in-law is breathing down my neck.”

*Kenny Arabia died of natural causes last year at age 67. He was indicted alongside Mazzone and 15 other Philly mobsters in a November 2020 federal indictment and was out on bail awaiting trial when he passed.