DeNaples helps fund University's new student center

Mar 4, 2008 7:00 AM

by Ray Poirier | Pennsylvania businessman Louis DeNaples may not have many friends in law enforcement (many think he’s mob connected) but they sing his praises at the University of Scranton.

Last week, Scranton Bishop Joseph F. Martino thanked DeNaples for helping fund the University’s new $35 million student center, which has been named after DeNaples’s parents.

"I congratulate the DeNaples family," the Roman Catholic bishop said. "I don’t know what I’d do without the assistance I receive from this wonderful family."

DeNaples, who received a gaming license for his Mount Airy Casino Resort but has since had it pulled, is facing perjury charges for denying a relationship with reputed mob boss Russell Bufalino.

Joining in the celebration of the Mass at the University last week was Rev. Joseph Sica, who grew up with the DeNaples family, and who also faces perjury charges in the case.