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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Mafia rat accidentally erases evidence on his phone against Philadelphia mob boss

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A ham-fisted mob informant erased one year’s worth of recordings when he reset his phone — undermining the case against former Philly crime boss Joseph Merlino, court papers claim.

The unidentified informant turned over extensive audio and video recordings to the feds as part of their long-running investigation into gambling, arson and extortion activities.

The Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office hit Merlino, 55, and 45 alleged New York wiseguys with racketeering charges last August.

Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino talks to reporters Thursday, Feb. 20, 1997, outside the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia.

Prosecutors planned to use the recordings against Merlino, Manhattan Federal Court documents filed Monday indicate.

But Merlino’s lawyers say audio and video recordings and all texts from the informant’s phone are unavailable, making it impossible to determine how much material existed and to authenticate it.



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