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Daily Archives: May 3rd, 2012

 alleged  Philly Mafia Boss Joseph “Skinny Joey” Merlino

By Mob Expert  George Anastasia

INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

During 12 years spent in prison on racketeering charges, Joseph “Skinny Joey” Merlino continued to control the Philadelphia crime family, and despite the fact that he is now living in Florida, Merlino, 50, still sits atop the organization’s management chart, according to a government document filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court.

The surprising disclosures were contained in a 21-page detention memo filed by prosecutors seeking to deny bail to the two latest defendants in a racketeering case pending against Philadelphia mob leader Joseph “Uncle Joe” Ligambi and 11 others. Ligambi, 72, is described throughout the document as the “acting boss” of the Philadelphia crime family, a designation to underscore Merlino’s status as the recognized leader of the organization

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