October 13, 2014 |
JOEY MERLINO is crossing Market Street wearing a pair of oversized aviator sunglasses on an overcast day. Dark suit, dark tan. A copious amount of gel keeps his slicked-back hair locked in place, but the orange-and-blue floral tie keeps you guessing. You don't know whether he's going to shake your hand, punch you in the mouth or buy your family a Thanksgiving turkey. The 30-something gangster they used to call "Skinny Joey" on Passyunk Avenue in the 1990s is now a muscular 52-year-old who actually looks like the ruthless mob boss that prosecutors have described in past indictments.
December 24, 1999 |
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.
November 19, 2014 |
FORMER Philly mob boss Joey Merlino will have time to perfect his "Gnocchi Mamma Rita" and "Veal South Philly" at his new Boca Raton, Fla., restaurant, Merlino's, and can enjoy his holidays in the Sunshine State. Although a federal judge in Philadelphia has denied Merlino's request to postpone his four-month prison sentence pending his appeal to the Third Circuit, the judge allowed Merlino to push back the day when he must report to prison. U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick, in an order signed Friday and made public yesterday, said Merlino won't have to start his prison sentence next week, as originally ordered, but must begin it Jan. 5. Surrick last month ruled that Merlino had violated the terms of his supervised release on a 2001 racketeering conviction by meeting with a member of the Philly crime family, John "Johnny Chang" Ciancaglini, in a Boca Raton cigar bar in June.
October 8, 2014 |
SINCE HIS RELEASE from federal prison in 2011, Joey Merlino has been working hard, keeping his nose clean and making monthly restitution payments. He even volunteered with a group that trains teachers who work with children with autism. But he did not violate his probation. That's what Merlino's lawyers, Edwin Jacobs Jr. and Michael F. Myers, wrote in a legal memo filed yesterday, claiming that Merlino has "scrupulously abided" by the terms of his supervised release while living in Florida.
March 6, 1997 |
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.
May 6, 2010 |
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.
December 1, 1996 |
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.
February 29, 2012 |
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.
November 17, 1992 |
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.
August 25, 2009 |
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.