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Reputed mobster says he can't afford lawyer

Accused of taking $12M in financial scheme, reputed mobster says he has only $125 By The Associated Press

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) ' A reputed mobster charged in a $12 million financial fraud scheme says he needs a public defender because he can't afford a lawyer on his own.

Nicodemo S. Scarfo appeared in court Tuesday after he was arrested and charged with a role in taking control of a Texas mortgage company and pillaging its assets.

Forty-six-year-old Scarfo is the son of Nicodemo D. Scaro, better known as "Little Nicky," who was the head of the Philadelphia-southern New Jersey mob in the 1980s.

The younger Scarfo faces decades in prison if he's convicted.

He was represented in court Tuesday by a federal public defender. She said he wanted a court-appointed lawyer assigned to him permanently because he has no income and no assets other than $125 in his checking account.

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