Leland Beloff

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Leland Beloff
Member of the Philadelphia City Council from the 1st District
In office
May 3, 1984 – August 4, 1987[1]
Preceded byJames Tayoun
Succeeded byJames Tayoun
Member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
from the 184th district
In office
January 4, 1977 – May 3, 1984[2]
Preceded byMichael Ozzie Myers
Succeeded byJoseph Howlett
In office
January 7, 1969 – November 30, 1970
Preceded byDistrict Created
Succeeded byMichael Ozzie Myers
Personal details
Born (1942-04-17) April 17, 1942 (age 76)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Political partyRepublican (when a state representative); Democrat (when a city councilman)

Leland M. Beloff (born April 17, 1942)[3] is a former Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the Philadelphia City Council, who resigned from office after being convicted in Federal court on extortion charges.[4] [5] He was sentenced to 10 years in prison for extorting money from a Center City developer along with Philadelphia Mob boss Nicodemo Scarfo. In 1998 he and his wife were convicted on voter fraud charges. He received a three-year sentence served concurrently with his earlier sentence.[6] He was paroled in 1993 and went on to become Democratic ward chairperson. He was arrested in 2011 on disorderly conduct but the charges were later dropped.[7]

Beloff has been a resident of Longport, New Jersey and Gladwyne, PA.[8][9]


  1. ^ "Beloff Quits His Seat On City Council". The Philadelphia Inquirer. August 5, 1987. Retrieved 5 February 2012.
  2. ^ Cox, Harold (November 3, 2004). "Pennsylvania House of Representatives - 1983–1984" (PDF). Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.
  3. ^ Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania. Dept. of Property and Supplies; Pennsylvania. Bureau of Publications (1969). The Pennsylvania Manual. 99. Department of Property and Supplies for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  4. ^ Ex-councilman Asks Federal Judge For Freedom Leland M. Beloff Was Jailed For Extortion. Prosecutors Said He Should Serve His Full Term, Philadelphia Inquirer, February 23, 1993.
  5. ^ Cox, Harold. "House Members B". Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.
  6. ^ "Beloff's Wife Makes Guilty Plea Gets Probation For Two Years". Philadelphia Inquirer. 1988-07-26. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Disgraced Ex-City Councilman and Wife Sue "Luxury" Drug Rehab". Philadelphia Magazine. 2013-01-14. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  8. ^ "Ex-con still plays politics in S. Phila". 5 November 2003. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  9. ^ Schneider, Howard. "Beloff Planning To Keep Seat", The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 30, 1986. Accessed November 19, 2013. "During a 20-minute interview in the den of his Longport home, Beloff, a former actor and prize-fighter - unshaven from his court appearance the day before and clad in a brightly colored striped bathrobe - offered no explanation or theories for the arrests."