Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Joe Mastronardo, Grandson of Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner And Mayor Frank Rizzo And Son Of Convicted Gambler Joe Vito Mastronardo, Gets Personal
Veteran organized crime reporter and author George Anastasia offers a piece on Joe Mastronardo for Bigtrial.net. Mastronardo and his father were recently convicted in federal court for their part in a multi-million dollar gambling operation,
Joe Mastronardo said he tried not to take the gambling case that has landed him and his father in jail personal.
But he said Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Bologna took it there during a sentencing hearing earlier this month.
"He stood up, looked at me and said, 'Don't be like your father,' " said Mastronardo. "I thought that was petty and unprofessional ... If I turn out to be half the man my father is that would mean I'm an exceptional human being."
"My father is the greatest, smartest, toughest guy in the world ... My dad told Nicky Scarfo to go fuck himself? Who does that? My father's got a big set of balls."Sitting in a coffee shop in Jenkintown over a breakfast of coffee and a six egg-white omelet, Mastronardo, 33, talked at length about the case, about his family and about the criminal justice system.
The son of gentleman gambler Joe Vito Mastronardo, 63, and the only grandchild of the late, legendary Philadelphia top cop and mayor Frank L. Rizzo, Joe Mastronardo said he is prepared for the five-month prison sentence (followed by five months of house arrest) that he received during that hearing in U.S. District Court on March 3. His father, sentenced at an earlier hearing, got 20 months in jail.
Both are scheduled to report to prison next month. In all 15 defendants pleaded out in the case federal authorities built around the high end, multi-million dollar gambling operation that Joe Vito Mastronardo operated. (Joanna Mastronardo, who is Joe's mother, Joe Vito's wife and Rizzo's daughter, was originally charged with a money-laundering infraction, but that charge was dropped as part of the plea negotiations that resolved the case.)
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