Joey Merlino, the flashy former boss of the Philadelphia crime family, is one of the luckiest mobsters in the mafia. Merlino has survived numerous assassination attempts and gotten away with murder. He has done a lot of time, but none that took him off the streets for good. He has lived a charmed life with lots of toys.
He was out in Los Angeles and even made it on TMZ at the airport with Howard Stern wack packer Johnny Fratto. I wonder if he actually got one of these wannabe Hollywood types to buy his life’s rights?
Merlino might have hit the prosecutorial lottery in his latest case. Merlino, along with 46 other members and associates of the mafia, were picked up on charges ranging from illegal gambling to medical fraud in 2016.
The problem is with the informant in the case, John Rubeo, a former Genovese associate.
John Rubeo recorded over 800 conversations with various mobsters including Merlino.
The problem is, John Rubeo erased a lot of the conversations.
I have nothing for respect for the FBI. All the agents I ever had dealings with were consummate lawmen. They were all by the book and kept their word to me.
I wore two wires most of the time, really small MP3 recorders hidden in things like my watch. It only had an on switch and there was no speaker. I recorded and dropped them off and then was given new ones everyday. All my calls I recorded through their system and I had no access to the system. My car was wired, and again I only had an on switch. I had to meet my handlers and there were always two of them, a couple times a week. They would debrief me and write it down for 302’s. I used to forward text and emails via email daily. I wonder how was it possible for Joph Rubeo to delete any conversations. How did they not properly debrief him?
Two agents and their supervisor are in hot water over the lapses.
It is possible that Merlino and the 46 others including a Genovese underboss and capo could walk free. It does leave a huge hole in the case, because as defendants they are entitled to all the evidence even that which maybe exculpatory.
If evidence has been destroyed, how could they possible have a fair trial?
Joey Merlino may actually walk on this case and his life rights could turn into another really bad Hollywood mafia movie.
NYPD Assistant Chief Edward Delatorre, is one of the best real estate investors in New York.
This guy is so good that he was able to get four properties that belonged to various Bonanno family members, including Vinny Basciano and Dominick Cicale, located in the Bronx, at below market rates.
I wonder why he even bothers to work for the NYPD anymore. A company owned by his wife bought a lot that at one time had a home on it where the Bonanno’s had an initiation ceremony. The home belonged to Cole's mother. The home is gone and the lot had a 990,000 dollar loan against it. Delatorre's wife’s company bought it and sold it to an LLC owned by Delatorre.
Much like many of today’s political elite, these people are excellent investors! Just look at some of the people in Congress and Senate who never hold a private sector job, yet leave office with millions in the bank. Why do they not share their investment secrets with us regular people?