- Associated Press - Friday, September 9, 2016

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - A federal judge in New Jersey has sentenced a reputed mobster to two years behind bars for the Pennsylvania man’s role in a mob scheme to take control of a financial company.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports (https://bit.ly/2bY21vn ) the judge on Thursday lowered the sentence for Cory Leshner - who had agreed to a five-year term under a plea deal - saying he was a “good person” with no criminal past. Leshner must pay more than $14 million in restitution.

Leshner worked for reputed mobster Nicodemo Scarfo Jr., son of former Philadelphia mob boss Nicodemo “Little Nicky” Scarfo.

Leshner had been among a group who conspired to take control of Texas-based FirstPlus Financial Group by using threats of economic harm, and replaced the company’s management and board.

Scarfo received a 30-year sentence.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, https://www.inquirer.com

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