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Monday, February 20, 2012

Brooklyn mobster stricken with emphysema is busted for trafficking in illegal cigarettes

Deutsch: Zwei Zigaretten der Marke f6His Mafia nickname ought to be “Chimney.”
Reputed Colombo crime family soldier John Maggio, 50, is under house arrest for illegally trafficking in some 300 cartons of contraband cigarettes.
His wife, however, insists he wasn’t planning to sell them but to smoke them — despite his suffering from emphysema.
“Mrs. Maggio sent a letter suggesting the cigarettes were purchased by Mr. Maggio for personal use,” Judge Kiyo Matsumoto said during a recent hearing in Brooklyn federal court.
“I would hope, for Mr. Maggio’s health, that this is not something he would actually contemplate.”
After doing the math — 300 cartons equal 3,000 packs, or 60,000 smokes — the judge suggested that the mob wife’s “personal use” explanation didn’t add up.
“I know Mr. Maggio purchased six cases of untaxed cigarettes from a cooperating witness,” he said.
Maggio then confessed, saying, “I should’ve said no. I made a mistake.”
Assistant US Attorney Allon Lifshitz said Maggio has already paid the feds his share of a court-ordered $11,416 restitution for the untaxed cigarettes.
The judge then sentenced Maggio to two months of house arrest, four years of probation and 200 hours of community service, and ordered him to pay a $1,000 fine.


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