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Monday, June 11, 2012

Wife of Colombo mobster offered her own tv show

She's gorgeous, married to a tough gangster and even has her own federal conviction.
Alicia DiMichele’s résumé may be just what the creators of “Mob Wives” are looking for in a spinoff of the popular reality TV show.
The moll, who lives in southern New Jersey, has been approached about a “Mob Wives” series based in Philadelphia, the Daily News has learned. The show expanded to Chicago last week, and there’s talk of a Miami version, sources said.
DiMichele is actually “around,” or associated with the Colombo crime family through her husband, Edward Garofalo, a mob muscleman.
But downtown Philly is only a 15-minute drive from the raven-haired beauty’s home, where she raises three children while her hubby cools his heels in the clink on federal charges.
“Alicia DiMichele has been contacted by a number of media outlets. She is focused on taking care of her children and keeping her family together,” Garofalo’s lawyer, Steve Zissou, told The News.
The New York “Mob Wives” show was created by the daughter of Bonanno capo Anthony "TG" Graziano. It also stars Karen Gravano, the daughter of ex-Gambino underboss Salavatore "Sammy Bull" Gravano. DiMichele’s late father-in-law, Edward Garafalo, was murdered by members of Gravano’s crew on orders of then-Gambino boss John Gotti.
While participating in a reality TV show flies in the face of the Mafia as a secret society, times have changed.
“All men, including gangsters, know that women have a way of doing what they want to do,” said Mafia expert Jerry Capeci, who writes the website ganglandnews.com.
DiMichele pleaded guilty last month to embezzling union funds from a trucking firm she operated with her husband. She faces six months in prison or house arrest. Her husband pleaded guilty earlier to extortion charges.
While soft-spoken and demure in court, DiMichele has displayed signs of the trademark ’tude the loudmouths on “Mob Wives” showcase.
“Don’t worry about what the f--- I’m doing. Worry about your own damn self,” she wrote in a post on her Facebook page.
DiMichele filed for bankruptcy a decade ago, but she oversees a women’s boutique in Cherry Hill, N.J., called Addiction. Her husband is expected to be incarcerated significantly longer than her sentence.


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