Alleged Philadelphia Wiseguy Phil Narducci Is Sentenced And Could Be Free Next Spring

“He’s a killer, you ... idiot. He’s killed eight ... people.”

Reputed Philadelphia wiseguy Philip Narducci, 57, was sentenced to one year in prison on Tuesday after pleading guilty to extortion.

Phil Narducci
Phil Narducci

Narducci has already served four months of the sentence after asking to be taken into custody during a court hearing in May. He could be free next spring, with early release for good behavior.

Defense attorney Brian McMonagle said his client is eager to return to his restaurant Chick's — named after his father, purported mob captain Frank "Chickie" Narducci Sr.

A 15-count indictment unsealed in January  charged Narducci and an associate, James Gallo, with various crimes involving 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 two defendants were arrested   January 31.

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 alleged 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 carried 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.

In court proceedings in April, McMonagle described the key witness against Narducci as a “degenerate gambler” who owed serious money to Narducci that he couldn't pay, so he ran to the FBI.

“It’s unimaginable that the U.S. government would allow a terrorist to remain in the United States, allow him to use false pretenses to borrow money from business owners, indict the business owners, and hide from the jury the painful truth of this terrorist’s subterfuge,” McMonagle wrote in a court filing.

As per, the witness is Rabih Masri.

"Masri’s identity was divulged on various gangland forums online and in public court filings in the months after Narducci’s arrest. As of Friday, many of the internet postings had been taken down, and Savage, the judge overseeing the case, had sealed documents that identified him."

Narducci is allegedly linked to three murders, including the 1985 hit on Frank (Frankie Flowers) D’Alfonso.

Since he got out of prison on racketeering charges in 2012, Narducci vows he has gone straight.

He runs his gastropub, Chick's, with his wife. The eatery is named after his father, Frank (Chickie) Narducci Sr.

Masri was among his regular customers who in January 2018 asked for his help — supposedly to pay for an organ transplant for his dying mother.

Narducci lent him $20,000 at an interest rate that prosecutors maintain was extortionate.

Masri began missing payments, and by October his debt skyrocketed to $115,000.

Narducci became irate and allegedly dragged Masri into a back room at Chick’s, tried to force him to sign a notarized loan agreement, and when he refused began yelling and shoving him around.

As Masri tried to leave, Narducci threw him against a car, shoved his face into the windshield, accused him of being “a rat,” and told him to go cry to the FBI.

Which is exactly what he did.

As per, the filings in Narducci’s case are rife with alleged threats Masri recorded over the next several months while wearing an FBI wire. But by that time, Narducci had turned to an associate, James Gallo, to help collect on the debt.

While wearing a wire, Masri recorded Gallo allegedly attempting to intimidate him repeatedly on Narducci’s behalf.

“He’s a killer, you ... idiot,” Gallo said of Narducci on Oct. 27, according to excerpts quoted in court papers. “He’s killed eight ... people.”

Narducci says Masri conned him by playing on his sympathies to get money to gamble. When he couldn’t repay it, he turned to the FBI to wriggle out of his debts.

During the period Masri was ducking Narducci, he also was recording his conversations with another man from whom he had borrowed money — John Florio, a 42-year-old South Philadelphia home renovator. Florio has been charged in a separate case with threatening the barber with a gun during an attempt to collect money he was owed

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.