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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Undertaker wants his nickname out of federal indictment

A Staten Island funeral director charged with illegal gambling doesn’t want to be caught dead in court being called by his nickname, “The Undertaker.”

Joseph Fumando is asking a federal judge to scrub all references to his grim moniker from the federal indictment charging him with running an illegal gambling parlor on Victory Blvd.

Defense attorney Felix Gilroy argues that that nickname is “inflammatory” and “prejudicial.”

But prosecutors Marisa Seifan and Lan Nguyen say witnesses knew the defendant as “The Undertaker” and jurors will be instructed that the nickname is based on his occupation.



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