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January 19, 1998 | By Mark Fazlollah and B.J. Phillips, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS Inquirer staff writer George Anastasia contributed to this article
REPUTED mob leader Joseph S. "Skinny Joey" Merlino seemed to have a dream job. The owner of a Philadelphia home-repair company testified in 1993 that Merlino worked for him as a telemarketer and could earn as much as $2,000 from a single phone call to generate sales leads. Anthony Valenti, owner of American Window & Siding Inc., a contractor active in the federal Title I program, told U.S. District Judge Norma Shapiro that Merlino was so valuable, the company had given him a shiny new Infiniti.
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November 10, 1988 | By Nathan Gorenstein, Inquirer Staff Writer
F. Joseph Merlino's four-month research effort didn't pay off. Four months is how long the Lansdowne Democrat spent researching state Rep. Nicholas A. Micozzie's campaign finance and expense reports. Merlino used the results as the basis for a series of tough attacks on the incumbent's integrity, and while those broadsides raised Merlino's name recognition and lit a fire under his workers, it didn't persuade many voters to change their minds. Micozzie, the 163d District Republican who branded Merlino's attacks a combination of "half truths, inferences and downright lies in some cases," won by 6,489 votes, just about the 6,000-vote margin predicted by Upper Darby Republican Committee Chairman John McNichol.
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October 27, 1988 | By Nathan Gorenstein, Inquirer Staff Writer
The gloves came all the way off in the 163rd State House District this week when Democratic challenger F. Joseph Merlino unleashed a new set of allegations against incumbent Rep. Nicholas Micozzie, this time accusing the Republican of "violations of state ethics laws. " Micozzie dismissed the charges as unfounded and angrily accused Merlino of incorrectly interpreting state law and distorting facts in order to paint a picture of misconduct. Merlino's major allegation is that Micozzie, a real estate agent who is also on the Upper Darby Township Council, has been violating a 1980 state Ethics Commission ruling by selling real estate in the town while also handling zoning and planning legislation on the council.
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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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October 20, 1988 | By Nathan Gorenstein, Inquirer Staff Writer
F. Joseph Merlino, the Lansdowne Democrat trying to unseat state Rep. Nicholas Micozzie, has unleashed another attack on the Republican, this time saying "evidence" suggests that Micozzie had a "phony office through which he was illegally" obtaining state funds. Merlino said that for 10 months in 1985 Micozzie billed the state for two local district offices, but that state records - according to Merlino's interpretation - indicate only one was actually in use. "Character assassination," was Micozzie's response after Merlino's Tuesday news conference outlining the latest charge.
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October 26, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Philadelphia mob boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino's new gig as maitre d' and host of a Boca Raton, Fla., restaurant that bears his name will have to wait four months. That's the sentence a federal judge gave Merlino, 52, on Friday for violating terms of his supervised release on a 2001 racketeering conviction. U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick ruled that Merlino violated the terms of his release in a June 18 meeting at a Boca Raton cigar bar with John Ciancaglini, his former captain in the Philadelphia Mafia, and a codefendant convicted with him in the racketeering trial.
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May 4, 2012 | By George Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
During 12 years spent in prison on racketeering charges, Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino continued to control the Philadelphia crime family, and despite the fact that he is now living in Florida, Merlino, 50, still sits atop the organization's management chart, according to a government document filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court. The surprising disclosures were contained in a 21-page detention memo filed by prosecutors seeking to deny bail to the two latest defendants in a racketeering case pending against Philadelphia mob leader Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi and 11 others.
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March 19, 1998 | by Kitty Caparella, Joe O'Dowd and Shaun D. Mullen, Daily News Staff Writers Staff writers Julie Knipe Brown and Theresa Conroy contributed to this report
Was Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino insulted when a rival drug gang plotted to blow him up with grenades and referred to the mother of his two young daughters as his "scumbag" girlfriend? Those remarks apparently prompted organized-crime investigators to drag two of the reputed mob underboss' associates to the Roundhouse within hours of the assassination yesterday of Anthony Turra outside his South Philadelphia home. Martin Angelina and Ralph "The Head" Abbruzzi were grilled by detectives for 40 minutes before attorney Joseph Santaguida showed up and insisted they be released.
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April 15, 2010 | By Nathan Gorenstein, John Shiffman, and Thomas Fitzgerald INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Zane D. Memeger, a former prosecutor who is a partner at a major Philadelphia law firm, has been nominated by President Obama to become the U.S. attorney in Southeastern Pennsylvania. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Memeger will return to an office where he spent 11 years as an assistant U.S. attorney before joining Morgan, Lewis & Bockius L.L.P. in 2006 as a partner representing corporate and white-collar clients facing criminal investigation. Memeger, 45, is a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School and was recommended to the White House by Pennsylvania's two Democratic U.S. senators, Bob Casey and Arlen Specter.
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November 11, 1994 | by Joseph R. Daughen, Daily News Staff Writer
When Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino is released from the medium-security federal prison at Allenwood, Pa., on Monday and returns home to South Philadelphia, he will find a rather large welcoming committee waiting for him. The organized-crime unit of the Philadelphia Police Department. The South Detective Division. The 1st Police District. The FBI. It's not that the authorities are anxious to greet Merlino, 32, the alleged boss of one of the feuding factions of the local organized crime family.
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September 9, 2016 | By Robert Moran, STAFF WRITER
The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board voted unanimously Wednesday to ban reputed Philadelphia mob boss Joey Merlino from all casinos in the state. The board began proceedings against Merlino after an incident at the SugarHouse Casino in March when members of his entourage allegedly were involved in a physical altercation with other gamblers, said board spokesman Doug Harbach. Gaming control agents on several occasions tried to serve Merlino with paperwork notifying him about the investigation and he refused to accept them, Harbach said.
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August 6, 2016 | William Bender and Chris Palmer, STAFF WRITERS
Gambling, loan-sharking, gun trafficking, and ... skin-cream fraud? Reputed Philadelphia mob boss Joey Merlino was arrested in Florida on Thursday as part of a sweeping East Coast mob takedown that snared dozens of well-monikered alleged gangsters. "Mustache Pat," "Nicky the Wig," "Muscles," "Anthony the Kid," "Patty Boy," "Tony the Cripple," "Tugboat," "Fish," and "Rooster" were among the 46 alleged La Cosa Nostra members, leaders and associates named in the federal racketeering indictment announced by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.
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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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February 19, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
WHO'S really in charge of the Philly mob? For the past few years, the answer might've depended on where you looked or whom you asked. Prosecutors. FBI agents. Street word. Underworld informants. Beat cops. Wiretapped conversations. Gamblers. Defense attorneys who will look you in the eye and swear that the Mafia ain't real. Some say Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi, 75, still runs the show. The low-key acting boss returned to Packer Park a year ago after spending 32 months in federal custody through two racketeering trials on a 2011 indictment.
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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.
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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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November 20, 2014 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
A federal judge has given former Philadelphia mob boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino an early Christmas present, letting him stay out of prison until after the holidays. In a ruling Friday that was not immediately made public, District Judge R. Barclay Surrick agreed to allow Merlino to stay on the street until Jan. 5, rather than going to prison Nov. 24 as originally ordered. In October, Surrick found that Merlino violated the terms of his release on a 2001 racketeering conviction by meeting in June with reputed mob captain John "Johnny Chang" Ciancaglini.
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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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