Reputed Philadelphia mob boss Joseph Merlino gave two Mafia associates the thin on homicide throughout a 2014 sit-down.
“Pay attention, it’s simple to kill someone,” the 55-year-old gangster declared in a secretly-recorded dialog performed Thursday in Manhattan Federal Court docket.
“It’s easy,” he continued. “Get within the automobile and shoot you within the f—ing head and also you’re useless.”
The cold-blooded remark emerged throughout a “Sopranos”-style chat between Merlino, reputed Genovese household capo Eugene (Rooster) O’Nofrio and Genovese associate-turned-rat John Rubeo.
As Fleetwood Mac’s “Goals” performed within the background, the trio sat in an unidentified restaurant discussing their love of household and whether or not a selected mobster was protected.
The February 2014 chatter was interrupted by the occasional “Salute!” because the mobsters raised their glasses in toasts.
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In one other recorded dialog, O’Nofrio delivered a menacing message to Rubeo about his brother-in-law’s missed $600 curiosity fee on a $30,000 mob mortgage.
“What do I acquired to do with him?” O’Nofrio requested. “Do you need to take his eyes out? … I don’t need you to get upset as a result of he’s your brother-in-law.
“I don’t know what the f— he thinks he’s. Who does he assume he’s f—ing with? Straighten it out. I need my six ($600) Monday.”
Federal prosecutors additionally launched pictures of Merlino and O’Nofrio hanging exterior a Bronx restaurant the place the FBI — unbeknownst to its company — hosted a Dec. eight, 2014, Christmas social gathering for greater than 20 mobsters.
The attendees included “principally all of the organized crime figures I used to be related to,” testified Rubeo — including that the FBI picked up the $25,000 tab.
“Skinny Joey” Merlino, a Philadelphia organized crime determine for the final three many years, stands accused of orchestrating a mob operation stretching alongside the East Coast from Florida to Massachusetts.
Rubeo, after his arrest in a cocaine-dealing scheme, flipped and started recording conversations for the federal government.