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August 17, 2012 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer
JOSEPH "Mousie" Massimino may be the reputed underboss of the Philadelphia mob, but he took the wise out of wiseguy when he penned a potentially incriminating letter in prison - fully aware that law-enforcement officials were reading his mail. The letter, which Massimino wrote in 2005 while locked up on racketeering charges in New Jersey's South Woods State Prison, advises a friend to "get in touch with Michael and tell him to tell his mother to tell her husband that he better get my f---in money.
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May 11, 1989 | By Toni Locy, Daily News Staff Writer
Mob underboss Philip Leonetti today was sentenced to the maximum of 45 years in prison for racketeering. Leonetti, 36, neatly dressed in a navy blue sweater and gray slacks, stood impassively as U.S. District Judge Franklin S. Van Antwerpen rejected a defense request that Leonetti be placed on probation. "In light of the number of racketeering acts - (including) four murders . . . - I don't believe that probation is a reasonable alternative in this case," Van Antwerpen said.
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December 6, 2001 | By George Anastasia INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Mob underboss Steven Mazzone was sentenced yesterday to nine years in prison as the dismantling of the Merlino organized-crime family continued before U.S. District Judge Herbert Hutton. The sentence, the third imposed this week - Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino got 14 years on Monday, and Frank Gambino got 71 months on Tuesday - is part of the final round in a five-year investigation in which Merlino and his top associates were targeted. But according to law-enforcement officials at the federal and state level, it is hardly the end of the government's systematic attack on the mob. Merlino, Mazzone and crime-family consigliere George Borgesi, who is scheduled to be sentenced today, all have additional "problems," state and federal law-enforcement sources say. And reputed acting mob boss Joseph Ligambi, who took the reins of the beleaguered Philadelphia mob after Merlino was imprisoned in 1999, is also the focus of intense scrutiny.
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February 27, 1998 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Details, details. Mind-numbing details. Shoot him in the chest, or between the eyes? Do it in his cafe, or on the sidewalk? Take out just the monkey or the moosey guy, too? And oh, by the way, how's the roast beef in that place? If words were bullets, reputed South Philadelphia Mafia underboss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino would be dead a thousand times over. But, as a federal jury learned this week from a score of secretly recorded audio tapes, planning a mob hit is not like the movies.
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November 15, 1994 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / RON CORTES
Reputed mobster Joseph Merlino arrives at his mother's home in the 1500 block of Hartranft Street in South Philadelphia. Authorities say Merlino, released from jail yesterday, is set to be an underboss in the mob.
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December 11, 2012
PHILIP MICHAEL Leonetti was born in Philadelphia on March 27, 1953, to Pasquale Leonetti and Annunziata "Nancy" Scarfo - literally born into the mob. The Leonetti and Scarfo families had immigrated to the United States from Naples and Calabria, where they had strong ties to the Mafia. Pasquale Leonetti was tapped by Angelo Bruno to oversee South Philly card and dice games in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Leonetti, who says that he got his "Crazy Phil" moniker from local radio talk-show host Mike Sherman, was molded by his uncle Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo, starting in elementary school.
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July 18, 1995 | ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ/ DAILY NEWS
A hearing yesterday was postponed until Sept. 14 for Gaetano Polidoro, 24, who is facing charges of carrying firearms without a license. Polidoro is also suspected of gunning for Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino, the reputed underboss of the Philadelphia crime family.
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October 4, 1986 | By Murray Kempton
Angelo Lonardo is the eldest and loftiest statesman of the Mafia to have bound himself over to the federal prosecutors as certified authority on its secrets. Lonardo was an underboss of the Honored Society's Cleveland family in 1980 when he was sentenced to life without parole with 103 extra years thrown in after being convicted of narcotics dealings he still swears he never touched. He was in his 70s by then, and whatever strength of character had qualified him for his great office was so enfeebled that a year in prison was enough to set him crying mercy to the FBI. Lonardo completed his metropolitan debut as a government witness at the trial of six paladins of the Mafia's presumed ruling commission one day last week.
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October 1, 2012
JOSEPH MERLINO, whose father, Salvatore "Chuckie" Merlino, was an underboss to Nicodemo 'Little Nicky' Scarfo, rose to prominence in 1989 after authorities alleged that he tried to kill the mob boss' son, Nicky Scarfo Jr. Scarfo Jr. was repeatedly shot on Halloween inside Dante & Luigi's, at 10th and Catharine streets, but survived. Scarfo's father, who had been running the mob from prison, eventually lost control as most members of his organization were imprisoned. With Scarfo Sr. in prison for life, various factions of the mob vied for control.
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July 13, 2013 | By John P. Martin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph "Mousie" Massimino, the loquacious mobster described as the underboss of Philadelphia's organized-crime family, was sentenced Thursday to nearly 16 years in prison by a judge skeptical he would ever abandon a life of crime. "I can only conclude, Mr. Massimino, that you don't get it, that you never have gotten it," said U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno. The 188-month term was not as bad as it could have been for Massimino, 63, the most prominent defendant convicted in a racketeering trial of Philadelphia's mob leaders.
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December 11, 2012
PHILIP MICHAEL Leonetti was born in Philadelphia on March 27, 1953, to Pasquale Leonetti and Annunziata "Nancy" Scarfo - literally born into the mob. The Leonetti and Scarfo families had immigrated to the United States from Naples and Calabria, where they had strong ties to the Mafia. Pasquale Leonetti was tapped by Angelo Bruno to oversee South Philly card and dice games in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Leonetti, who says that he got his "Crazy Phil" moniker from local radio talk-show host Mike Sherman, was molded by his uncle Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo, starting in elementary school.
NEWS
October 1, 2012
JOSEPH MERLINO, whose father, Salvatore "Chuckie" Merlino, was an underboss to Nicodemo 'Little Nicky' Scarfo, rose to prominence in 1989 after authorities alleged that he tried to kill the mob boss' son, Nicky Scarfo Jr. Scarfo Jr. was repeatedly shot on Halloween inside Dante & Luigi's, at 10th and Catharine streets, but survived. Scarfo's father, who had been running the mob from prison, eventually lost control as most members of his organization were imprisoned. With Scarfo Sr. in prison for life, various factions of the mob vied for control.
NEWS
August 17, 2012 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer
JOSEPH "Mousie" Massimino may be the reputed underboss of the Philadelphia mob, but he took the wise out of wiseguy when he penned a potentially incriminating letter in prison - fully aware that law-enforcement officials were reading his mail. The letter, which Massimino wrote in 2005 while locked up on racketeering charges in New Jersey's South Woods State Prison, advises a friend to "get in touch with Michael and tell him to tell his mother to tell her husband that he better get my f---in money.
NEWS
August 15, 2011 | By George Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
An ongoing state investigation into a South Philadelphia drug-trafficking and loan-sharking ring may create additional criminal problems for jailed mob underboss Joseph "Mousie" Massimino. Massimino, 61, is suspected of financing part of the operation, according to court documents. Charges are expected to be filed later this year in the case, which is being handled by the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office. In a motion filed in federal court earlier this month, authorities said the investigation was focused on convicted South Philadelphia drug dealer William "Billy" Andrews, whom they described as a "close associate" of Massimino's.
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May 28, 2011 | By MICHAEL HINKELMAN, hinkelm@phillynews.com 215-854-2656
After a federal magistrate denied him bail yesterday, Joseph "Mousie" Massimino, the reputed underboss of the Philadelphia mob, left the courtroom shaking his head. It wasn't a close call for U.S. Magistrate L. Felipe Restrepo. John Han, a trial lawyer with the U.S. Department of Justice, said Massimino, 61, had a criminal case file dating to 1968 with 40 arrests, including three prior felony drug convictions, and a 2004 conviction in New Jersey for racketeering and related offenses for which he was sentenced to 10 years.
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May 28, 2011 | By George Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Reputed mob underboss Joseph "Mousie" Massimino was ordered held without bail Friday on racketeering and gambling charges detailed in a 50-count indictment handed up earlier in the week. U.S. District Court Judge Felipe Restrepo cited Massimino's lengthy record of arrests and convictions in accepting prosecutors' arguments that the 61-year-old would be a threat to the community if released. Massimino, of South Philadelphia, has been arrested 34 times, according to a detention memo filed by the prosecution, and has been convicted of federal drug trafficking and state racketeering charges.
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August 7, 2010 | By George Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
MAYS LANDING, N.J. - Nearly a year after spitting in the face of a Margate police officer, mob underboss Martin Angelina was sentenced Friday to a year's probation and fined $1,000 for aggravated assault. Angelina, 48, said little during the sentencing hearing before Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Bernard DeLury. Neither he nor his lawyer, M.W. "Mike" Pinsky, would comment as they left the third-floor courtroom. Dressed in a blue striped polo shirt and jeans, the once roly-poly wiseguy appeared tan and fit as he stood before DeLury at his brief court appearance.
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December 19, 2009 | By George Anastasia INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Mob associate Louis "Bent Finger Lou" Monacello pleaded guilty yesterday to plotting an assault on reputed mob underboss Martin Angelina. Monacello, 43, appeared before Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Charles J. Cunningham 3d during a brief hearing in which he admitted that he paid an associate to arrange to have Angelina beaten. Under a plea agreement, he was sentenced to five years' probation that will include nine months of house arrest. The plot was set in motion in the summer of 2008 when Monacello and Angelina had clashed over the collection of gambling and loan-sharking debts, according to law-enforcement sources familiar with the investigation.
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