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DOJ indicts 15 members and associates of the 'Philadelphia Mafia' on federal racketeering charges

The charges have been lodged against alleged members and associates of the criminal outfit.

Updated: November 24, 2020 - 1:25pm

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Fifteen people allegedly connected with La Cosa Nostra (LCN) — commonly known as the "mafia" or the "mob" — have been charged in a Superseding Indictment, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

The charges have been lodged against alleged members and associates of the criminal outfit.

"As described in the Superseding Indictment, the Philadelphia LCN sought to use its reputation and influence to exercise control over criminal rackets, like bookmaking and loansharking in Philadelphia and southern New Jersey, particularly Atlantic City," a press release noted. 

"During a period beginning in August 2015, ten of the defendants allegedly conspired to conduct and participate in the affairs of the Philadelphia LCN through both a pattern of racketeering activity and through the collection of unlawful debts," according to a press release. "The remaining five defendants are charged with allegedly committing a variety of other offenses, including conducting an illegal gambling business, conspiracy to make extortionate extensions of credit, and conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, in partnership with other members and associates of the Philadelphia LCN."