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Friday, January 16, 2015

Colombo gangster asks judge permission to leave prison for wedding planning


Giuseppe Destefano is hoping to be allowed out of prison to plan his New Year's Eve 2017 wedding.
This mobster needs a wedding planner.

Giuseppe Destefano is serving a 50-month jail term for extortion, but the reputed Colombo gangster wants to be prepared for his wedding on New Year’s Eve 2017.

So he wrote a letter to a Brooklyn judge asking for permission in advance to travel out of state for the nuptials and reception.

Based on his estimated release date, Destefano will be home in Staten Island by then.
His devoted fiancée, Josephine Tanga, reminded him that the swanky Nanina’s in the Park catering hall in Belleville, N.J., requires a nonrefundable deposit two years in advance, according to papers filed in Brooklyn Federal Court.

But his devoted fiancée, Josephine Tanga, reminded him that the swanky Nanina’s in the Park catering hall in Belleville, N.J., requires a nonrefundable deposit two years in advance, according to papers filed in Brooklyn Federal Court.

“For this reason, and to make a fiancé (sic) who has been patiently and faithfully awaiting for my return — a happily married woman — I am respectfully asking your Honors permission to be able to schedule, reserve and make arrangements for my travel to the State of New Jersey,” Destefano, 36, wrote in his misspelled letter to Federal Judge Kiyo Matsumoto.

But Destefano should have been more careful about what he wished for.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Geddes even did a little wedding planning of her own, researching the catering hall on the website weddingwire.com.

The government is opposing the request for now because it’s based on Destefano’s wishful thinking that he will be released early based on credit for good behavior.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Geddes even did a little wedding planning of her own, researching the catering hall on the website weddingwire.com. “The average catering fee for a wedding at the location where the defendant seeks to celebrate his wedding is $145 per person,” Geddes informed the judge. “Yet the defendant has not yet made a single payment to the outstanding $50,000 forfeiture judgment” he owes the government.

Destefano’s bride-to-be is an accountant, according to her LinkedIn page, but it is unclear if she is footing the wedding costs herself.

The couple plan to honeymoon in the Caribbean, but Destefano may be holding off to make a separate request to the judge in the future for that. When he is released from the federal prison in Fort Dix, N.J., he will be subject to a home curfew for six months, the prosecutor said.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/exclusive-mobster-asks-leave-jail-wedding-plans-article-1.2080520


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