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December 24, 1999 | Daily News staff report
Where are you, Joey Merlino? The lonesome children cry for you at Christmastime. Merlino, the "Skinny Joey" of mob legend, is usually busy this time of year, planning parties for children and other needy folk who eagerly await his largesse. But Joey is behind bars and can't play Santa this year. Yesterday, the reputed head of the Philadelphia-South Jersey mob, pleaded not guilty in federal court to charges of racketeering and conspiracy in connection with a $1.3 million theft ring.
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March 6, 1997 | by Theresa Conroy, Daily News Staff Writer
This is the New Mob - la clothestree nostra. The new look, which made a dashing appearance in the spectators' seats at the recent retrial of old mobsters Nicky Scarfo and friends, does not go in for the traditional white ties with black shirts. It doesn't favor the old family's look of overly pleated pants, flashy double-breasted suits or soft-sided Italian loafers. And it wouldn't be caught dead in one of those nylon warm-up suits, the outfit known by mob-watching cops as "the South Philly tuxedo.
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May 6, 2010 | By George Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - His father, the late Lawrence "Yogi" Merlino, was a notorious mob capo and hit man who became a government witness. His cousin Joseph S. "Skinny Joey" Merlino was a South Philadelphia celebrity mob boss, now serving a 14-year federal prison sentence. And for the last 20 years, Joseph N. Merlino has been trying to convince casino gambling regulators here that those bloodlines don't define him, that despite the gossip, rumor, and innuendo he is neither a mobster nor a mob associate.
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December 1, 1996 | By George Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Joey Merlino says he just wants to operate his coffee and cigar shop in peace. And go out for drinks with his friends. And watch his infant daughter grow up. And bet on football games. The simple life, that's what the reputed mob underboss mob says he's after. "I don't bother nobody, I don't want nobody to bother me," Merlino, 34, said in a rare interview last week, one day after his annual Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless attracted a media horde and drew criticism about his motives from law enforcement quarters.
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February 29, 2012 | BY HOWARD ALTMAN and WILLIAM BENDER, Special to the Daily News Daily News Staff Writer
E VEN AS Joey Merlino was settling into a South Florida halfway house last summer after 12 years in prison, the FBI issued a confidential alert warning law-enforcement officials that the former Philadelphia mob boss might try to set up shop in the Miami area with some of his old associates. The memo was contained in the first batch of some five million emails being released by the anti-secrecy group Wikileaks - including several FBI alerts obtained by a Texas-based private-intelligence firm on topics ranging from biker gangs to al Qaeda's English-language website.
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November 17, 1992 | By George Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Joey Merlino sells aluminum siding and storm windows by day, but a federal judge ruled yesterday that the reputed mob associate will be a resident of a prison halfway house by night. Rejecting a plea to modify the terms of a sentence imposed in 1990 after Merlino's conviction for an armored-truck robbery, Judge Norma L. Shapiro told Merlino to report to the halfway house Nov. 30 to complete a six-month sentence. She also cautioned him against associating with convicted felons after a federal prosecutor disclosed that Merlino had been seen in the company of reputed Philadelphia mob boss John Stanfa twice in May and had been photographed with two other convicted felons last month.
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August 25, 2009 | By George Anastasia INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
He's the "other" Joey Merlino, and his lawyer said emphatically yesterday that he is not a mobster and has no ties to organized crime. He is, however, the son of Lawrence "Yogi" Merlino, a once-notorious mob capo, and the cousin of Joseph S. "Skinny Joey" Merlino, arguably Philadelphia's best-known wiseguy. For those reasons, lawyer John Donnelly told a Casino Control Commission hearing examiner, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement "is determined" to bar his client, Joseph N. Merlino, and his construction company from working in the casino industry.
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April 19, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN The meeting at a North Jersey bar was convened to set things straight. Contrary to rumors bouncing around the Philadelphia-New Jersey mob world, Pete "the Crumb" Caprio did not have a hit out on Nicodemo S. Scarfo, son of the jailed, infamous mob boss. "If it was so, I said you would have been gone a long time ago," said Caprio to an associate in a secretly taped conversation of the meeting. The February 2000 recording - by mob associate and government informant Philip "Philly Fay" Casale - was played for jurors and dissected by lawyers Thursday in Scarfo's FirstPlus mortgage fraud trial, well into its fourth month.
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November 15, 1996 | STEVEN M. FALK/ DAILY NEWS
Reputed mob underboss Joey Merlino is all smiles after signing papers in federal court that formally concluded his probation for a 1987 armored-car robbery. Merlino served 3 1/2 years in prison for the crime and has been back in the big house for probation violations since then. The armored-car robbery netted $352,000.
NEWS
July 24, 2001
WE CAME out winners," said Kathy Ciancaglini, wife of reputed mob soldier John Ciancaglini, after he, boss Joey Merlino and other fellow cronies beat various murder raps in federal court. Excuse us - winners? These not-so-wise guys? These men - Merlino, Ciancaglini, Frank Gambino, Angelo Lutz, George Borgesi, Steven Mazzone, Martin Angelina - are heading for prison. Maybe for not as long as we would have wanted, but they're going to spend some of their quality years behind big metal bars.
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April 19, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN The meeting at a North Jersey bar was convened to set things straight. Contrary to rumors bouncing around the Philadelphia-New Jersey mob world, Pete "the Crumb" Caprio did not have a hit out on Nicodemo S. Scarfo, son of the jailed, infamous mob boss. "If it was so, I said you would have been gone a long time ago," said Caprio to an associate in a secretly taped conversation of the meeting. The February 2000 recording - by mob associate and government informant Philip "Philly Fay" Casale - was played for jurors and dissected by lawyers Thursday in Scarfo's FirstPlus mortgage fraud trial, well into its fourth month.
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January 8, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
MAYBE THE Philadelphia mob fizzled out when Joey Merlino got pinched in 1999. Or maybe it continued to thrive well into the 21st century on a steady diet of video-poker revenue and loan-sharking juice. Depends on your benchmarks for a successful criminal organization. But those photos? They were a bad idea. As closing arguments began yesterday in the retrial of reputed mob boss Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi and his nephew George Borgesi, federal prosecutors broke out the photo album again.
NEWS
January 2, 2014 | By Mike Newall and Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writers
PHILADELPHIA A Philadelphia judge denied bail Tuesday for a reputed mob associate charged with attempting to have three people killed, including a grand jury witness. The alleged crimes of Ronald Galati strike at the "heart of the justice system" and leave witnesses fearing for their lives, said Common Pleas Court Judge Charles Ehrlich. He sent Galati back to prison to await trial on charges of attempted murder, solicitation of murder, witness intimidation, and retaliation. "This case will be decided in the courtroom and not on the streets," the judge said.
NEWS
December 20, 2013 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
City officials defended their contract with a South Philadelphia garage on Wednesday, a day after questions arose about its ties to a reputed mob associate now charged in a murder-for-hire case. Over the last four years, the city has paid American Collision & Automotive Center, an auto-body shop run by the children of Ronald Galati, nearly $1.3 million for repair work to fleet vehicles, including police cruisers. Galati, a 63-year-old employee of the business with close ties to former Philadelphia mob boss Joey Merlino and consigliere George Borgesi, was charged Saturday with solicitation to commit murder, witness retaliation, and intimidation.
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December 19, 2013 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
RONALD GALATI, a South Philly fraudster and reputed mob associate at the center of a triple murder-for-hire investigation, has earned hundreds of thousands of dollars from a lucrative contract to repair and maintain Philadelphia Police Department vehicles, the Daily News has learned. Galati, 63, identified by authorities as a onetime associate of mobsters Joey Merlino and George Borgesi, was able to land the contract despite a 1994 racketeering conviction for turning one of his auto-body garages into what federal prosecutors described as a "shop of fraud.
NEWS
June 24, 2013 | By George Anastasia
We were expecting an order of lead after the onion rings. Instead, the world faded to black, and we were left to wonder. Now we wonder no more. Tony Soprano, as it turns out, didn't get whacked in North Jersey back in 2007. He died of a heart attack while vacationing in Rome. It happened last week, and the media went nuts. "Tony Soprano Dead," screamed the front page of the New York Post. "Tony's Dead," countered the New York Daily News, implying that the surname was superfluous.
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October 2, 2012 | BY JULIE K. BROWN, The Miami Herald
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Joseph Merlino steps out onto the iron-railed balcony of his $400,000 townhouse. Bare-chested, ripped and clad in nothing but gray skivvies, he looks more like a former Calvin Klein underwear model than one of the most ruthless mobsters of his time. A year out of prison, Joseph Salvatore "Skinny Joey" Merlino isn't so skinny anymore. But he looks almost as boyish at 50 as at 39, when he was sentenced to 14 years in prison for racketeering. Back then, he was a 5-foot-3, 100-pound dapper young don who masterminded the bloody takeover of the Philadelphia mob. Today, he is a two-hour plane ride from the Southwest Philadelphia rowhouse where he grew up to become an underworld icon, both feared and eerily revered in the City of Brotherly Love.
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February 29, 2012 | BY HOWARD ALTMAN and WILLIAM BENDER, Special to the Daily News Daily News Staff Writer
E VEN AS Joey Merlino was settling into a South Florida halfway house last summer after 12 years in prison, the FBI issued a confidential alert warning law-enforcement officials that the former Philadelphia mob boss might try to set up shop in the Miami area with some of his old associates. The memo was contained in the first batch of some five million emails being released by the anti-secrecy group Wikileaks - including several FBI alerts obtained by a Texas-based private-intelligence firm on topics ranging from biker gangs to al Qaeda's English-language website.
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December 20, 2011 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, benderw@phillynews.com 215-854-5255
DON'T WORRY ABOUT me, judge. Those Philly wiseguys wouldn't lay a hand on me. I'm untouchable. That's basically what Nicodemo Scarfo Jr., son of former Philadelphia mob boss Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo, told U.S. District Judge Robert Kugler in Camden yesterday. And it worked. Scarfo, 46, an alleged made member of New York's Lucchese crime family awaiting trial on corporate-fraud charges in New Jersey, will be removed from a protective unit at the federal lockup at 7th and Arch streets.
NEWS
September 19, 2011
THE RECENT reporting by Dan Gross and William Bender on organized-crime bosses Joey Merlino and Ralph Natale show the unhealthy mentality of convicts wanting to glorify their crimes. Trying to create a source of income from hurting others is not what our society should support. The list of individuals affected directly or indirectly by organized crime is extremely long, beginning with the families of the criminals. What child would be proud of their "hit man" father who murdered others, thinking only of himself and what goal would be fulfilled by taking another's life?
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