Mobster receives 57 months for racketeering

Posted: September 19, 2012

Martin Angelina, a South Philadelphia mobster, was sentenced Monday to 57 months in federal prison for racketeering involving loan sharking and illegal gambling.

Angelina, 50, pleaded guilty last month to a racketeering conspiracy charge and three related extortion and gambling charges.

He admitted using extortion to collect loans and operating an illegal video-poker-machine business.

Angelina was among 13 mobsters and associates indicted with acting mob boss Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi.

Ligambi and seven others are scheduled for trial on Oct. 9 before U.S. District Judge Eduardo C. Robreno, who sentenced Angelina.

The case involves racketeering conspiracy, extortion, loan sharking, illegal gambling, witness tampering, and theft from an employee benefit plan.

Angelina was convicted with former mob boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino in 2001 in another racketeering case and sentenced to 78 months in prison.

Gaeton Lucibello, another mob defendant in the current case, pleaded guilty to similar charges in August and was sentenced last week to 51 months in prison.

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