Scarfo Associate Pleads Guilty to Arming the Mob
Todd Stark admits providing ammunition to Nicky Scarfo Jr. and Salvatore Pelullo.
An Ocean City man admitted today to providing the two lead defendants in a racketeering case with ammunition, despite knowing they were both convicted felons, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Todd Stark, 43, of Ocean City, N.J., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler in Camden to conspiring with Salvatore Pelullo and Nicodemo S. Scarfo, of Galloway Township, to provide ammunition for a 9-mm handgun, knowing both were convicted felons.
Stark's Ocean City address is not listed publicly, and no information is readily available about his connections here.
The charge is included in a racketeering indictment against Stark, Pelullo, Scarfo and 10 others.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, two boxes of the same brand of ammunition that Stark provided to Pelullo were found in Scarfo’s residence in May 2008 during the execution of a search warrant there.The charges in the 25-count Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Indictment stem from the alleged extortionate takeover of FirstPlus Financial Group Inc. (“FPFG”), a publicly held company in Texas, and the subsequent looting of FPFG by members of the racketeering enterprise through a series of fraudulent consulting agreements and acquisitions involving companies controlled by Scarfo and Pelullo.
Stark, however, was charged only with the single count to which he pleaded guilty today. Pelullo and Scarfo are awaiting trial.
The count to which Stark pleaded guilty is punishable by a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is currently scheduled for Oct. 11, 2012.
Scarfo is the son of former Philadelphia crime family leader Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo.
— News release from the U.S. Attorney's Office