The New York Post is covering the federal racketeering trial of reputed Philadelphia Cosa Nostra boss Joseph Merlino in New York.
A prosecutor spent two hours Tuesday trashing reputed Philadelphia mob boss Joseph “Skinny Joey” Merlino as a greedy gangster who skimmed profits from fraudulent prescriptions for $1,500-a-tube pain cream.
During closing arguments at Merlino’s federal racketeering trial, Manhattan Assistant US Attorney Lauren Schorr said “the evidence is clear” that Merlino belonged to an “organized crime enterprise” that schemed with crooked patients, doctors and pharmaceutical sales workers.
…Defense lawyer Edwin Jacobs Jr. attacked the credibility of three gangland snitches who testified against Merlino, including former Genovese crime-family associate John “Junior” Rubeo.
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