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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Feds say Skinny Joey is lying about giving up the mob life

Claims that Joseph Merlino (l.) gave up his life of crime are bogus, prosecutors said Tuesday in closing arguments at the reputed Philly crime lord's racketeering trial.
Reputed Philadelphia mob boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino’s claim that he gave up a life of crime is as thin as his nickname, a prosecutor said Tuesday during closing arguments of Merlino’s federal racketeering trial.
“Being with Merlino did not come for free,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Lauren Schorr told jurors in federal court in Manhattan. “You pay tribute.”
Schorr highlighted witness testimony about Merlino’s alleged role in an insurance claim scam that featured doctors who wrote phony pain cream prescriptions for people who had no ailments. She reminded jurors of a recording that allegedly captured the 55-year-old talking about money.
“We do the right thing, make 20,000,” he said on the tape.
Merlino’s lawyer Edwin Jacobs attacked the credibility of the prosecution’s witnesses, calling them “compromised” turncoat mobsters.



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