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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Joey Merlino wants to open restaurant in Florida

Former Philadelphia mob boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino arrived in Florida Tuesday morning to begin a six-month stint in a halfway house.
The federal facility, near West Palm Beach, will be home for the charismatic mobster, who is completing a 14-year sentence on racketeering charges.
Merlino and six co-defendants were convicted in 2001.
Merlino, who celebrated his 49th birthday on Sunday, has been in a jail since his arrest in Margate in June 1999. He was released Monday from federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., and required to report to Florida by today.
Prison officials and federal authorities have provided few details about Merlino's current status. According to those familiar with the process, Merlino will spend nights and weekends in the halfway house and will be permitted to leave each day to work.
According to one source, Merlino is hoping to line up a job in the food industry and has said he eventually would like to open a restaurant in Florida.
At this point, the source said, Merlino has no plans to return to Philadelphia once he completes his stint in the halfway house.



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