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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Ramona Rizzo from Mob Wives not expected to get jewelry seized by the feds back


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The battle of the Mafia bling is almost over — with a silver lining unlikely for ex-“Mob Wives” star Ramona Rizzo.
The Staten Islander, after a nearly eight-year legal fight, stands on the verge of defeat in her effort to recover dozens of pieces of jewelry seized when her mobbed-up fiancé was busted as a coke dealer.
The estimated value of the gaudy collection: $184,000, wholesale.
“The court respectfully recommends that the government’s motion to dismiss (Rizzo’s claim) be granted in its entirety,” wrote Brooklyn Federal Magistrate Cheryl L. Pollak in a 30-page court filing last month.
The final decision rests with Brooklyn Federal Judge Margo Brodie, who can accept, reject or modify the magistrate’s recommendation.
Court documents detailing the sparklers seized by Drug Enforcement Administration agents back in August 2011 made the raid on Gambino family soldier Joseph Sclafani’s Staten Island home sound more like a Fifth Ave. shopping spree.
Authorities stated that all the jewelry was discovered in Joseph Sclafani’s bedroom after his arrest. The 41-year-old, known as "Joey Boy," pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine in 2013 and was sentenced to 15 years.
Authorities stated that all the jewelry was discovered in Joseph Sclafani’s bedroom after his arrest. The 41-year-old, known as "Joey Boy," pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine in 2013 and was sentenced to 15 years.
An 18-karat gold Rolex watch. Two 18-karat gold Cartier love bracelets. Three 18-karat white gold flower bracelets — with diamonds. Five sets of diamond earrings.
There were stainless steel cuff links, and a “white gold evil eye” bracelet, and a gold chain with a St. Christopher medal.
The last item was supposedly a keepsake given to Rizzo from her notorious grandfather: Bonanno family mobster Benjamin "Lefty Guns" Ruggiero — played by Al Pacino in the movie “Donnie Brasco.”
Ruggiero, who died in November 1994, became a mob pariah after vouching for FBI undercover agent Joe Pistone with his mob compatriots.
But all that glittered in Sclafani’s home was not gold. A Cartier Ballon Bleu watch was revealed as a knockoff and destroyed, the feds said in court papers.
All the legit items were auctioned off by the government in late 2015 and early 2016, according to a court filing by Michael Cooke, district asset forfeit coordinator for the U.S. Marshals Service in Brooklyn.
Authorities said all the jewelry was discovered in Sclafani’s bedroom after his arrest. The 41-year-old, known as “Joey Boy,” pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine in 2013 and was sentenced to 15 years.
Rizzo, along with Sclafani’s mother and sister, claimed in court papers filed in 2017 that many of the pricey items seized did not belong to her husband-to-be.
Instead, she claimed, “the majority … were NOT the property of Joseph Sclafani, but were in fact the personal property of the plaintiffs, which the agents conducting the search were well aware of.”
The beautiful bangles belonging to Rizzo, who appeared for two years on the mob reality show, were actually gifts given to her by her wealthy ex-husband Wael Al-Khatib, between 1995-2009, she claimed.
“The only reason these items were present in the Staten Island residence of Joseph Sclafani … was because Ms. Rizzo was in the process of moving in,” her court papers alleged.
The government, in previous court filings, noted that Rizzo and her co-plaintiffs repeatedly failed to file their claims in a timely fashion.
In a 2012 letter, the DEA additionally explained that the Sclafani investigation uncovered “probable cause to believe that illicit, drug-related funds were used to purchase the forfeited property.”
Sclafani was previously convicted of harboring the killer in the 1989 slaying of undercover DEA agent Everett Hatcher, and was wounded alongside the wanted Constabile "Gus" Farace when the suspect was killed — by a Mafia hit team dispensing some deadly street justice.


7 comments:

  1. This is not news....please no more mob rats stories

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    1. That Hoe has been on her knee's for years blowing these dudes with money first Ali Baba, then the halfway made idiot what do they call him joey boy. These guys from NYC should take a page from Philly's own Skinny Joey, sorry Joe that's how they know you, stop making and associating with weak men.
      You know whose gonna eat when they are 13 yes old, it's in peoples DNA, family, or friends.

      I know I can see a rat 100 miles away and coming. Cause I was raised by a true gangster Father who never did more than 24 hrs in jail and he's 73 yes old now. Original K&A GANG Member, their, and awesome Dad. Never stole anything that wasn't meant to be stolen, or from people who were in need of what they had, he never took a penny from the elderly in Kensington, Philly to make my home life better, when they needed something he paid for their things when he had it, after a Nice Score.
      I was spoiled as I came up never wanting for anything, but get this, I was never a little brat kid, my Father taught me how to be respectful of the street guys who were in and outta my childhood home until he was retired at 40 yes old and worked 30 years a square job to support his family. I learned the trade from him and raised my two girls the way I was, and they respect the same guys I respect, who are straight up knockaround guys. Anyone i associated with or associate with know I trust wholeheartedly, with my life and that of my wife and kids. I've been retired now for 10 years, I'm 50 and it's still in me, but the guys i worked with are out, retired also and these younger kids/guys that are 20to45 yrs old are not of good genes, they're all Rats, at least most of them.

      Didn't mean to preach but I watched this Whore on mob wives, and she's not a women I would ever take around my mom or the women in my life. She showed her colors on that show, money over friends and family, but then again its not her fault she was raised by a Moron (MOMO) GRANDFATHER, LEFTY, who brought in Donnie Brasco cause he was a money hungry man with a weakness, he wasn't very smart and was just a killer, he was good at that but I fault his friends too cause they accepted Pistons too. So that's the Bonanno Family's issues for giving his Captain any power to let that rat Brasco in. He was another momo, Moron.


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    2. Such a prick dont know how you can say she acted like awhore on mobwives.. And being unknown is a red flag

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  3. Its def not what it used to be, a true legend died this week his era of men of honor,rip carmine persico 1933-2019

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  4. Anyway that f****** w**** she'll get on her knees for anybody with a buck in thier pocket besides that a true legend died this week Carmine Persico Rip 1933 to 2019 his era was,men of honor not these half was wiseguys running around today, my grandfather was one of them died with honor never ratted out anyone

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