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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Ramona from Mob Wives gets engaged to jailed Gambino soldier

“Mob Wives” princess Ramona Rizzo is engaged to be married, even though her betrothed is behind bars, Page Six can exclusively reveal. The VH1 star and granddaughter of Benjamin “Lefty Guns” Ruggiero says she’ll tie the knot with Joseph “Joe Boy” Sclafani — a reputed Gambino family soldier currently cooling his heels at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center.Romantic Rizzo says her future husband faces more than a decade in prison, but she’s planning a 500-guest June wedding even though she’s not expecting the groom to be present.“We’ve known each other since we were kids,” Rizzo told us. “It’s not the normal love story because he’s incarcerated. But if you’re in love, you can make it work.” The union would bring together Rizzo, a Bonanno family descendant, with an alleged Gambino man, but Rizzo says, “My family’s just happy he’s Italian.” (Her former hubby was Jordanian.)
Ramona Rizzo

The Post reported last year that Sclafani was implicated in coordinating a cocaine-trafficking scheme, and also faced earlier charges of running a syndicate that sold marijuana grown in Staten Island greenhouses. He was also once convicted of helping Costabile “Gus” Farace evade a federal manhunt.“He didn’t want to begrudge me a wedding,” says Rizzo of her devoted groom. “He said, ‘Even if I can’t be there, have a party. I’ll be there in spirit.’ ” They’ll have the bash at Butch Yamali’s lavish Coral House on Long Island.Rizzo says they’ll “pass around the phone” at the wedding for Sclafani to speak to her and friends. She says her “Mob Wives” co-stars Karen Gravano and Renee Graziano will be there, and her four kids have been supportive of the relationship.
“People should find their own way of love. I hope this inspires other people. We are praying for the best,” Rizzo told us yesterday. “If you love somebody before they got kicked down, why wouldn’t you love them after?”She added, “Maybe the key to a happy marriage is not having a husband in your face all the time.”



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