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Joseph Merlino

Gang Land’s Jerry Capeci  writes,

As usual, when Philadelphia mob leader Joseph (Skinny Joey) Merlino first heard that investigators for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board were looking to bar him from the state’s gambling halls, the quick witted crime boss had a ready reply.

Mr.Capeci writes, “They’re doing me a favor,” Merlino said in an apparent reference to his gambling habit which, according to law enforcement and underworld sources, is often the root of his financial woes, and which have risen considerably since April, when the state agency filed a petition to put his name on the state’s casino exclusion list.

Mr. Capeci writes, But in a strange twist that says more about investigators than those being investigated, federal authorities in New York who hit Skinny Joey last month with racketeering charges that carry up to 20 years in prison seem to have done a much bigger favor for Merlino’s Philadelphia mob crew.

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