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October 13, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
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.
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November 23, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Staff Writer
BOCA RATON, Fla. - A woman took Joseph Merlino's hand and towed him across the marble floor to her friends, who fussed over him, cooing. "The veal parmiagana! Fabulous!" somebody else told the maitre d' of the hot new Italian restaurant in South Florida that bears the family name. He had stopped to ask how they liked everything. "Loved the cheesecake," a woman said. "Is that your mother's recipe?" And so it went on a drizzly Friday night in the land of perpetual valet parking as the reputed former boss of the Philadelphia mob darted around the room, greeting diners.
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January 5, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
IS JOEY MERLINO still the head of the Philadelphia mob? He says no. The feds aren't so sure. But few can argue with this: He's probably the only maƮtre d' in the country who can do a four-month prison stint and still have a job waiting for him when he returns. Merlino, 52, must report to a federal detention center in Miami at 2 p.m. Monday. A Philadelphia judge ruled in October that he had violated the terms of his supervised release on a 2001 racketeering conviction by associating with an old mob pal at a cigar bar in June.
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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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November 19, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
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.
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October 8, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
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.
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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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April 25, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino is done serving his latest federal prison sentence. The former Philadelphia mob boss' four-month prison sentence was cut short Thursday by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. The ruling stated that Merlino "shall be released from custody immediately. " It came just 10 days before Merlino was to have finished serving his sentence in Florida, and leaves him free to return as maitre d' at a Boca Raton, Fla., restaurant that bears his name. Merlino, 53, was sentenced last fall to four months in federal prison for violating terms of his supervised release on a 2001 racketeering conviction.
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April 24, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
JOEY MERLINO has regained his freedom - no strings attached - for the first time since 1999. The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled in his favor yesterday, overruling a District Court judge who had ordered Merlino to serve another four months in prison for violating the terms of his probation on a 2001 racketeering conviction. "He's out. He's a free man," Merlino's attorney, Edwin Jacobs, told the Daily News . Merlino, 53, considered the current or former boss of the Philly mob, depending whom you ask, served about three months in a Miami prison after he was caught associating with mobster John "Johnny Chang" Ciancaglini at a Florida cigar bar last year.
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January 6, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
IS JOEY MERLINO still the head of the Philadelphia mob? He says no. The feds aren't so sure. But few can argue with this: He's probably the only maitre d' in the country who can do a four-month prison stint and still have a job waiting for him when he returns. Merlino, 52, must report to a federal detention center in Miami at 2 p.m. today. A Philadelphia judge ruled in October that he had violated the terms of his supervised release on a 2001 racketeering conviction by associating with an old mob pal at a cigar bar in June.
NEWS
November 23, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Staff Writer
BOCA RATON, Fla. - A woman took Joseph Merlino's hand and towed him across the marble floor to her friends, who fussed over him, cooing. "The veal parmiagana! Fabulous!" somebody else told the maitre d' of the hot new Italian restaurant in South Florida that bears the family name. He had stopped to ask how they liked everything. "Loved the cheesecake," a woman said. "Is that your mother's recipe?" And so it went on a drizzly Friday night in the land of perpetual valet parking as the reputed former boss of the Philadelphia mob darted around the room, greeting diners.
NEWS
November 19, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
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.
NEWS
November 8, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the restaurant bearing his name opens Friday, former Philadelphia mob boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino will be doing what he does best - holding court - as front-door host of the posh Italian spot in Boca Raton, Fla. His lawyers, meanwhile, have turned to a court of a different sort, hoping to keep their client out of prison long enough to see the eatery past its first few weeks. The 52-year-old dapper don, who recently appeared in federal court in a sharp gray suit and purple tie, is due to report Nov. 24 to a South Florida prison to serve out a four-month sentence for a probation violation.
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October 29, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
JOEY MERLINO is headed back to prison again - this time for four months - after a judge ruled yesterday that he violated the terms of his probation from a 2001 racketeering conviction by hanging out with a mob pal at a Florida cigar bar in June. The former Philadelphia mob boss did not seem particularly troubled by that development. Maybe it's because he's already spent nearly a third of his life in prison. Four months is practically a weekend getaway. "I could use a good four months.
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October 23, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
JOEY MERLINO is due back in Philadelphia this week for a probation-violation hearing after a federal judge rejected the cockamamie legal argument presented by the reputed mobster's lawyers. Merlino, 52, who was convicted of racketeering in 2001, was slapped with the violation notice Sept. 2 - four days before his supervised released period was scheduled to end - for allegedly associating with an old mob buddy and two fraudsters at a Florida cigar bar in June. In court earlier this month, Merlino's attorney, Edwin Jacobs Jr., had tried to convince U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick that Merlino was a free man because the government had failed to issue an official summons and set a court date by Sept.
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October 13, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
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.
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