Tax Fraud Blotter: Mob Mentality



Ambler, Penn.: CPA Howard Drossner, 53, has received 40 months in prison for conspiring to defraud a Texas-based financial services company targeted for extortion by a group led by Lucchese organized crime family member Nicodemo S. Scarfo.
According to court documents and case evidence, Scarfo is a made member of the Lucchese crime family. In April 2007, Scarfo, Salvatore Pelullo and others schemed to take over FirstPlus Financial Group using threats of economic harm to intimidate and remove the prior management and board of directors and replace them with individuals
Drossner joined the conspiracy in February 2008 when he created false tax returns to help Scarfo’s then-fiancĂ©e to secure a $500,000 mortgage to purchase a house for $715,000 in Egg Harbor Township, N.J.
In addition to time, Drossner received three years of supervised release and was ordered to pay a fine of $125,000. He is also required to notify the Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy of his guilty plea and consent to the voluntary suspension of his CPA license.
Four other members of the conspiracy were convicted of several offenses in July and await sentencing, as do three other defendants charged in the indictment and who pleaded guilty. Two other organized crime bosses named as unindicted co-conspirators are already serving lengthy prison sentences.