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Philly mobsters get lengthy prison sentences

A number of our prior posts have focused on law enforcement's efforts to stem gun crimes in Philadelphia and southeastern Pennsylvania. These crimes are commonly related to drug crimes, racketeering and other white collar crimes. In the last week, several alleged mobsters in Philadelphia have received lengthy prison sentences.

According to the Philadelphia Daily News, a U.S. District Court judge has meted out a combined 518 years of prison sentences. The rulings came at the end of a lengthy racketeering trial that took place in February.

Speaking for the U.S. Attorney's Office, the Organized Strike Force Chief explained to the media that the repeated threats of violence and overall reputation of the organized crime unit were factors in the sentencing. He also explained that they had "run amok, committing crimes and acting like they are above the law." Further, the lengthy sentences would "dispel some of that notion."

The Daily News reported that a reputed underboss received a nearly 16-year sentence, and a mob associate was sentenced to eight years in federal prison. Another mob soldier received an 11 year sentence. The sentences were reportedly near the top of federal sentencing guidelines.

The story is important for those charged with (or under investigation for) white collar crimes; particularly mob related crimes. With the lengthy sentences being handed down and the mandate for stemming crime in the region, it is critical for those accused of white collar crimes to understand their rights and the potential consequences so that they can make informed decisions about their futures.

Source: Philly.com, Philly mob capo gets 8 years behind bars. July 18, 2013

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