Two alleged members of the Philadelphia organized crime family of La Cosa Nostra (LCN) were arrested in Newark Thursday on racketeering charges, according to the U.S. Dept. of Justice.
Joseph Licata, 70, of Florham Park, and Louis Fazzini, 45, of Caldwell, were each charged with racketeering conspiracy in a second superseding indictment. Licata and Fazzini were scheduled to appear in court Thursday.
According to the indictment, Licata served as a “caporegime” of the North Jersey crew of the Philadelphia LCN Family and supervised Louis Fazzini, a fully initiated or “made” member of this crew, in the operation of an illegal sports gambling business and other activities.
The charges come as federal authorities expand a case against alleged LCN boss Joe Ligambi relating to theft from an employee benefit plan administered by the Teamsters Health and Welfare Fund of Philadelphia and Vicinity.
La Cosa Nostra translates from Sicillian dialect to literally mean "our thing."