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Monday, October 7, 2013

Prosecutors ask judge to revoke Colombo soldier's bail

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Nicky Rizzo , a convicted Colombo soldier , was sentenced to six months in a federal prison hospital on loan sharking charges.
Prosecutors want an 86-year-old Colombo soldier's bail revoked because he dropped in on a mob gambling den just a week after his sob story persuaded a judge to delay his jail sentence.
Convicted loanshark Nicholas "Nicky" Rizzo was called out as a faker at his sentencing last month by Assistant U.S. Attorney Allon Lifshitz.
The geezer gangster had limped into the courtroom, claimed he was stone deaf and also asserted he had bladder cancer — which his lawyer later admitted he did not.
Federal Judge Kiyo Matsumoto sentenced the wily wiseguy to only six months in a prison hospital and allowed him to postpone the surrender to early December so he could attend his grandson's wedding and the Thanskgiving holiday at home.
But Rizzo repaid the judge's kindness by shuffling off to an organized crime social club in Bensonshurst operated by former Bonanno boss Vincent "Vinny TV" Badalamenti on Oct. 4.
A U.S. probation officer spotted Rizzo and mob associate Benedicto U'rso leaving the gambling club together, according to papers filed in Brooklyn Federal Court.
"The defendant has violated the conditions of his release," Lifshitz wrote to the judge.
Defense lawyer Joseph Mure told the Daily News on Monday that he had no immediate comment.
Federal officials have privately complained that Matsumoto has been too soft on several Colombo mobsters who claimed a litany of illnesses, poverty or professed they were done with the Mafia in order to obtain lighter jail terms.
Rizzo did not renounce the mob at his sentencing, but kept his remarks limited to his health woes and Navy service. At one point he showed the judge a catheter running up his leg and then requested a recess so he could attend to a urinary drainage bag that he said was in danger of overflowing.



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