Episode 070: Mike Leyden – Extortion, Philly Mob and City Councilman

In this episode, Retired agent Mike Leyden is interviewed about an extortion case that resulted in the conviction of Philly mob boss Nicodemo Scarfo Sr., Philadelphia City Councilman Leland Beloff, and Beloff’s administrative assistant, Robert Rego for attempting to extort $1 million from Willard Rouse, a Philadelphia developer.

During the investigation, two “made men,” Nicholas Caramandi and Thomas DelGiorno, became government witnesses and their testimony eventually led to indictment and conviction of entire hierarchy of the Scarfo Family.

Leyden, who has a law degree from Villanova University, served 26 years with the FBI. He was assigned to the Jacksonville Division, Pensacola Residency Agency and the Detroit Division, where he worked bank robberies, kidnappings, and fugitive matters.

When transferred to the Philadelphia Division, Leyden helped set up and was the supervisor of the Special Operations Group based on a concept initially established in the Detroit Division.

He was later appointed as the supervisor of the Newtown Square Resident Agency. To avoid an unwanted transfer to FBIHQ, Leyden stepped down and was placed on the Organized Crime Squad to work cases targeting the Philly mob. After retirement, Mike Leyden became the Vice President of Corporate Security and Surveillance for Caesars Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. Currently, he still occasionally accepts private investigation assignments.

Special Agent (Retired)

Michael Leyden

8/21/1967 – 7/30/1993










The following are links to newspaper articles about the real estate development extortion case that resulted in the conviction of Councilman Leland Beloff, Philly mob boss Nicky Scarfo and others of trying to extort $1 million from a Philadelphia developer:

LA Times – Councilman Is Given 10 Years for Mob Scheme

New York Times – 3 Get Jail Terms in Philadelphia




Jerri Williams

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, jokes that she writes about the FBI to relive her glory days. After 26 years with the Bureau specializing in major economic fraud and corruption investigations, she calls on her professional encounters with scams and schemers to write police procedurals inspired by true crime FBI cases in her Philadelphia FBI Corruption Squad crime fiction series featuring flawed female FBI agent Kari Wheeler. Jerri’s FBI for Armchair Detectives nonfiction series enables readers to discover who the FBI is and what the FBI does by debunking misconceptions about the FBI in books, TV, and movies. Her books are available as ebooks, paperbacks, and audiobooks wherever books are sold. She’s also the host of FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast with more than 300 episodes available on all popular podcast apps and YouTube.


  1. Jil AustinMarch 7, 2020

    Just love this podcast. especially about the Philly Mob. Fascinating listening. Please put a group together and come out to Australia and do some presentations.What a wonderful gift, being an FBI agent.

    Thank you
    Jil Austin

  2. Jil AustinMarch 7, 2020

    Absolutely loved the talk by Mike Leyden.
    Please come out to Gold Coast, AUSTRALA and do a presentation with fellow FBI.

    Thank you again.

    1. Jerri WilliamsMarch 8, 2020

      I would love to bring the show to Australia! Who knows, it could happen one day. Thanks for listening!


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