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Mob informant against Philly boss "Skinny Joey" Merlino admits destroying evidence, ignoring deal with prosecutors

Added 09-26-20 11:25:02am EST - “A key Mafia informant against one-time Philadelphia mob boss "Skinny Joey" Merlino says his cooperation deal was more like a license to steal.” - Nydailynews.com

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A key Mafia informant against one-time Philadelphia mob boss “Skinny Joey” Merlino says flipping sides to become a federal witness enhanced both his life of crime and his bank account.

“I almost felt like I could be a better criminal because I worked for them, because I knew they weren’t watching me,” confessed one-time Genovese family associate John Rubeo, appearing on a recent podcast hosted by a pair of ex-organized crime associates.

"I was committing more crimes when I was working for them than when I was on the street, and they were paying me $15,000 a month.”

Rubeo, over the course of a wide-ranging 85-minute interview, admitted framing an elderly mobster for arson and deleting a year’s worth of cell phone interactions with Merlino before surrendering the device to federal agents working on a massive 2016 racketeering case.

“I mangled the case (against Merlino),” confessed Rubeo, 45, who received a sweetheart sentence of 15 months for his half-hearted cooperation. “It was embarrassing. I committed robberies while I was cooperating. I was gambling. I literally shouldn’t have had an agreement."

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