Embattled “JoJo” Giorgianni indicted on drug charges

A federal grand jury in Trenton today returned a six-count indictment charging Joseph A. “Jojo” Giorgianni, Mary Manfredo, and Anthony Dimatteo with distribution of oxycodone, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

PolitickerNJ.com readers know Girogianni as an accused co-conspirator in Trenton Mayor Tony Mack’s corruption case. They also may be familiar with his steakhouse as the alleged meeting place for political durg corruption.

“JoJo’s” was also a front for drug deals, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Facing 50 years in prison if convicted of extortion, “JoJo” Giorgianni allegedly solicted over $100,000 in bribes from a parking lot developer as part of scheme with Mack.

Giorgianni, 63, of Ewing, N.J., Manfredo, 65, of Lawrenceville, N.J. and Dimatteo, 31, of Trenton, originally were charged by Complaint, filed Sept. 10, 2012, with one count of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone.

The indictment returned today adds four additional counts of distribution and possession with intent to distribute oxycodone against Giorgianni, three additional oxycodone distribution counts against Manfredo, and two additional oxycodone distribution counts against Dimatteo.

Giorgianni, a convicted felon, is also charged in the Indictment with possessing four firearms, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

According to the Indictment and other documents filed in this case: Giorgianni, Manfredo, and Dimatteo conspired and agreed with each other and Giuseppe Scordato, 47, of Hamilton, N.J., Ralph Dimatteo Sr., 62, also of Hamilton, and Charles Hall III, 49, of Trenton, to distribute and possess with intent to distribute oxycodone.

Jojo’s Steakhouse, a restaurant that Giorgianni owned and that Mary Manfredo operated, served as a front for this drug distribution organization and a clearing house, where prescription pain pills were stored, provided to individuals such as Anthony Dimatteo and Giuseppe Scordato, and where narcotics proceeds were returned.

Hall previously pleaded guilty to an Information in which he admitted his involvement in the distribution of oxycodone with Giorgianni, Manfredo, and Anthony Dimatteo. Scordato and Ralph Dimatteo are released on bail pending the charges contained in the criminal Complaint. The narcotics conspiracy count contained in Count One of the Indictment and the four distribution counts contained in Counts Two through Five each carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and $1 million fine.

The firearms count contained in Count Six carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Embattled “JoJo” Giorgianni indicted on drug charges