- Associated Press - Thursday, July 3, 2014

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - An attorney for the son of a former Philadelphia mob boss says he’ll appeal his client’s financial fraud conviction.

Lawyer Mike Riley says prosecutors unfairly presented the accusations leveled against Nicodemo S. Scarfo as being Mafia-related. Riley says it was actually a weak white-collar fraud case.

A federal jury in New Jersey on Thursday convicted Scarfo and three others of a variety of fraud charges.

They were accused of taking over a now-defunct Irving, Texas-based mortgage company by intimidation and then using its assets to buy cars, houses and a yacht.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven D’Aguanno (dah-GWON’-oh) says there was a strong organized crime aspect to the case.

Scarfo’s father led the Philadelphia Mafia until 1988, when he was convicted of racketeering and sent to prison.


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