Philadelphia Cosa Nostra Member and Associate Charged With 15-Count Indictment

Not what we've been expecting after all the hoopla.... The Atlantic City "heroin pill" arrests, the reinvigorated FBI office in Philadelphia, the "new" probe...

Phil Narducci

A 15-count indictment was unsealed yesterday charging Philadelphia Mafia member Philip Narducci, 56, and his associate James Gallo, 44, with various crimes involving the making of extortionate loans, conspiracy, and collections of loans by extortionate means.

Narducci, the son of a mobster gunned down in 1981 while on trial, was convicted on racketeering charges in the late 1980s and spent more than 20 years in prison.

He was released in 2012 and five years later opened Chick’s restaurant with his wife, Gina, the official owner.

The indictment was filed in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and Special Agent in Charge Michael Harpster of the FBI’s Philadelphia Field Division announced the charges.

The two defendants were arrested yesterday (Thursday, January 31) and were slated to appear in the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia at 1:30 pm. EST yesterday.

Narducci allegedly loaned "large amounts" of money to a borrower. When the borrower failed to make weekly interest payments, Narducci allegedly used physical violence through assault and threats of violence to force the borrower to repay the loans.

The indictment also alleges that, at Narducci’s direction, Gallo collected weekly interest payments on the loans from the borrower and used threats of violence to facilitate the collections.

Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Narducci's Chick’s is named after Narducci’s father, the reputed mobster Frank “Chickie” Narducci gunned down in a 1982 hit. He was shot 10 times about 30 yards from his south Philadelphia home as he returned from federal court, where he was on trial with seven others on racketeering charges.

Police recovered two revolvers within a block of the slaying.

Narducci was a reputed loanshark and gambling operator, and a top lieutenant to slain Philadelphia mob boss Angelo Bruno. He had been convicted the prior year of paying bribes to a city police officer to protect a gambling operation.

Download the indictment