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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Colombo family mobster-turned-Christian speaker Michael Franzese beats bad check-writing rap

Charges were dismissed against a Colombo family mobster-turned-Christian motivational speaker who was busted for writing bad checks, officials said Wednesday.
Michael Franzese, a Brooklyn-born wiseguy once nicknamed "The Prince of the Mafia," was arrested in Tennessee last month for writing a pair of phony $5,400 checks to a former business manager.
The charges were dropped Tuesday after Franzese paid a variety of court fees, according to a clerk at the criminal court in Williamson County, Tenn.
Franzese, 54, who had claimed the checks were the result of "a misunderstanding" with ex-business manager Robert Johnson, expressed relief that the case was resolved.
"It was an unfortunate incident," said Franzese, who tours the country speaking to church groups, students and professional athletes about the dangers of gambling and fraud.
"I'm pleased with the outcome," he said.
Franzese has written a series of mob-themed inspirational books with titles like "The Good, the Bad, and the Forgiven" and "I'll Make You an Offer You Can't Refuse."

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