According to an FBI press release, dated July 11, 2013, Joseph Massimino, 63, of Philadelphia, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Eduardo C. Robreno for his participation in a racketeering conspiracy involving extortion, loan sharking, and illegal gambling. Massimino was convicted by jury on February 5, 2013 after a four month trial, of conspiring to conduct and participate in the affairs of the Philadelphia La Cosa Nostra (LCN) family through a pattern of racketeering activity.
Judge Robreno ordered him to serve 188 months in prison and in addition to the prison term, ordered three years of supervised release. Massimino must also pay a $5,000 fine. Federal prosecutors had pressed for the maximum sentence of 20 years for racketeering, based on his lengthy rap sheet and his status in La Cosa Nostra.
Massimino’s lawyer Joseph Santiguida asked the court for less then a six year sentence arguing that his client deserved no more then two fellow mobsters recieved by pleading guilty last fall and avoiding trial on the same racketeering conspiracy charges his client was convicted of.
The evidence at trial proved that, in furtherance of the racketeering conspiracy, Massimino, as a “made” member and underboss, extorted “street tax” payments from a bookmaker, used threats of violence against debtors to collect loan sharking payments, and forced the owners of a vending company to sell the portion of their business related to the operation of illegal video poker machines. In addition, Massimino ran an illegal electronic gambling device business for the mob, providing video poker machines and other gambling devices for bars,
restaurants, convenience stores, coffee shops, and other locations in Philadelphia and its suburbs. In one of these locations, Massimino also operated an illegal sports bookmaking business. (FBI press release)
The case was investigated by the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, the Pennsylvania State Police, the New Jersey State Police, the Philadelphia Police Department, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations, and the
U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration. Additional assistance was provided by the New Jersey Department of Corrections.
Sources: FBI press release, Morning-Times.com, The Huffington Post, Aboutthemafia.com.