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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The flamboyant alleged head of the Philadelphia Mafia family is scheduled to be in a Florida court Friday to determine whether he should be held without bond and sent to New York City to face racketeering charges.

Joseph “Skinny Joey” Merlino, 54, is scheduled to appear before a federal magistrate judge in West Palm Beach on charges that he was part of a health care fraud scheme where conspirators got corrupt doctors to bill insurers for unnecessary and excessive prescriptions for expensive compound creams in exchange for kickbacks.

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