Wiretap Recordings Of Philadelphia Cosa Nostra Members

South Jersey resident Joseph Servidio is a made member of the Philadelphia Cosa Nostra, according to law enforcement authorities.

As reported in March, 2018, following a two-year probe, the FBI arrested a soldier and two associates of the Philadelphia mob in South Jersey on drug-related charges.

The FBI describes the case as a dismantling of a drug pipeline running nearly the length of the Garden State Parkway. The men, all of whom have drug convictions, were indicted and arrested on March 14, 2018, for selling drugs across the state. The case also involved confidential sources--one, CS-1 in the indictment, is "a made member of the Philadelphia LCN" who's been giving the FBI information since 2015; he's also "personally familiar with numerous associates and members" of the Philadelphia mob -- and undercover agents.

Joseph Servidio, 59, of Upper Township, New Jersey, was identified as a soldier in the Philadelphia Cosa Nostra by FBI Special Agent Mark R. Hindle. Also arrested were Carl Chianese, 79, of Point Pleasant, and Michael Gallicchio, 49, of Garfield. The case also is allegedly tied to the Boston mob.

Servidio is incarcerated at the Monmouth County jail, which is holding him on behalf of the U.S. Marshals Service.

As Alex Napoliello reported for NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, the FBI has recordings of Servidio talking about whacking mob associates, optimizing drug profits, and washing money.

As per recently published transcripts, Servidio, who knows what he’s talking about was recorded saying:

“Eighty percent of eyewitnesses got the wrong person. Eighty percent. They look like the person … so without any corroborating evidence, you can even beat that.”

“The things you can’t beat are the tapes ... with you saying it.”

 Right on, brother.

Servidio was speaking to another made Philly mobster.

It was an associate who was — three guesses!— wearing the wire and taping their talk. He's referred to in court documents as CS-1, the confidential informant. The associate started feeding information to the FBI in 2015 and recorded about a dozen conversations with Servidio.

His attorney says his client exaggerated during several of the conversations.

“It is apparent that there is a distinction to be made between evidence of criminality vs. criminal braggadocio and embellishment,” Laracca said in a statement to NJ Advance Media.

The recorded meetings, transcripts of which are included in the 64-page indictment, happened at Servidio’s house in Marmora, which is about 20 miles south of Atlantic City, and other locations in the area.

Here are some of those conversations:

Planning a hit
Servidio and Chianese hung around outside a drug-dealing associate’s home for three hours, waiting for him to be alone in his house so they could gun him down, the indictment says. They apparently were seeking revenge because the associate, only identified as “Individual 3,” was “suspected of talking openly and disparagingly about Servidio’s criminal activity.”

Servidio allegedly was caught on tape July 6, 2017, discussing how he and Chianese would leave no trace of their involvement.

“Me and Carl got two phones, just (exclusively) for this, you know. … The thing is everything is away. I’ve been leaving my phones home. I made him (Chianese) leave his E-ZPass home. We paid cash, you know.”

Paying tribute
In the Philadelphia crime family, like in other organized crime organizations, there is a process known as “tribute.” Essentially, an earner has to “kick” money up the ladder to his superiors.
In a meeting on Oct. 18, 2016, in Philadelphia, authorities say, an unidentified member of the Philly mob lays out that process to a cooperating witness.

"I mean this from my heart … but whatever I do, you get a piece of it, doesn't matter whether it’s legitimate, illegitimate, whatever I do,” an unnamed confidential informant explains to a member of the Philly mob.
The anonymous Philly mob member responds, "Yeah that's our business. … Believe me, whatever I do, it goes up, and all this is, is structure. … What you do (kick proceeds up the hierarchy), I do the same thing. I do it on a weekly basis."

‘Making my bones’

On Dec. 2, 2016, authorities say, CS-1 called Servidio to arrange a meeting in Atlantic City about handing off 60 cartons of stolen cigarettes.

“During a recorded phone conversation Servidio discussed ‘making my bones’ at age 19. … The phrase ‘making bones’ signifies the committing of a murder, and that Servidio was claiming to have killed somebody when Servidio was 19 years of age,” the indictment states.

No shells, no evidenceRevolvers don’t leave casings after they are fired. No shells, no evidence. Authorities say that’s why Servidio, in a phone conversation on Dec. 31, 2016, was interested in purchasing a revolver.

"Does he got any revolvers … like a .32, .38 (caliber) ?" an undercover agent said. "... Just like something you put on like a foot or something to just have?"

Servidio said, "Well not, not to just to have, to use it and throw it the f--- away. … Don't want no cases (casings) to come out. … A revolver, it's better off."

‘I like to spend money’
Servidio loved to spend money, he told CS-1. Selling drugs was a way to make sure the cash kept flowing, he allegedly said. So there was no love lost when a friend’s son died from a drug overdose and he was confronted by a grieving mother.
On the recording, Servidio said: "His wife, when I talked to her, she said, 'You're the only person that ever sold drugs that I love. I despise people because my son OD'd. … She said, 'Joe (Servidio) please stop what you're doing (selling drugs), you hurt people, people like you hurt people.' "

"You think she's right?" CS-1 responded.

"Yes," Servidio said.
"What's wrong with us?" CS-1 asked.
"It's the most money I can make (selling drugs), I like to spend money," Servidio responded.

‘I’m a criminal. Everything I do is criminal.’
In one of the recordings, Servidio explains where he cleans his cash made from illegal activity. He also admits to robbing an armored car just “to break even,” the indictment said.

"We need something (income) legitimate. I'm a criminal. Everything I do is criminal, I got to get out of it. … I need like $250,000 a year, or two, to break even. That's what I need,” Servidio said.

“So I got to do other (criminal) things, 'cause I don't make enough money. Ninety percent of my (remodeling/renovation) work is for friends and family, for free. … I laugh, what did I tell you, why do I keep my company going? 'Cause I got to put the cash (from criminal activity) somewhere. I have to show it (income). How am I paying the mortgage, how am I paying my car payment, how am I paying my insurance, how am I paying my business insurance, how am I paying all these other bills? … Last year I robbed an armored car to break even. What am I gonna do this year?"

‘I make money every day, illegally’

Aside from his remodeling business, Servidio talks about showing legitimate income by making a power move into Atlantic City.

"We don't want, we're not looking to take over the whole town, people don't know, need to know who the f--- we are (Philadelphia LCN). Only if they give us a hard time, then we tell them who we are, we push our chest out."

Later in the conversation Servidio said, “there’s nothing better than making money. I make money every day, illegally. I don’t want to do this shit.”