DiMichele's 'Mob Wives' Salary Revealed by Prosecutors

Alicia DiMichele is to be sentenced tomorrow for her role in a Colombo crime family-related embezzlement scam,
Alicia DiMichele's "Mob Wives" salary was revealed by prosecutors.


Alicia DiMichele, who is to be sentenced tomorrow for her role in a Colombo crime family-related embezzlement scam, earns $8,000 per episode of "Mob Wives," for a total of $96,000.

That is according to papers prosecutors filed in Brooklyn federal court last Friday. DiMichele is, in fact, so flush from her earnings from "Mob Wives" and her two Philadelphia boutique stories that she faces a hefty fine of up to $116,000  for embezzling $40,000 from a trucking company, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors seem to be taking their cue from the Honorable Sandra L. Townes, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York.



If that is the case DiMichele can probably expect to serve as much time as Townes is allowed to sentence her to (which seems to be six months, though DiMichele said herself in interviews it could be longer); this judge is known for throwing the book at wiseguys, and, if past is prelude, she will throw the same book at DiMichele for not only the embezzlement, but her attempts to cash in on her notoriety by starring on "Mob Wives" as well. If that's not enough, it was reported last September that DiMichele had sought and was granted court permission to visit her son at a West Virginia college but instead traveled to Las Vegas for the filming of "Mob Wives." Ironically, the evidence is self-incriminating pictures she posted on the Internet of herself with other cast members of the VH1 reality show in the U.S. gambling mecca.

One of the Las Vegas pics allegedly posted to Twitter when
Alicia DiMichele, left, was supposed to be visiting her son
in college (real college, not the mob euphemism). The other
mob "wife" is Natalie Guercio. The Las Vegas episodes ran
during the past two weeks, so this pic was taken either shortly
before or after Natalie's lauded stand against  bully Renee
Graziano over Natalie's flirty use of the word "delicious."
DiMichele's lawyer, however, has described allegations that his client had lied to prosecutors about her travel itinerary as nonsense based on the wording of the court order.

"It is clear ... that Ms. DiMichele has permission to travel within the continental United States, with the only condition being that she give prior notice of her itinerary to pretrial services," John S. Wallenstein said, according to the New York Daily News. "Last time I looked at a map, Las Vegas was within that boundary."

Prosecutors, as we reported, had asked for a new accounting of DiMichele's earnings months back when it was first learned she'd be starring in "Mob Wives." As we reported: once she accepted the "Mob Wives" gig this past summer, the feds asked a judge to have DiMichele's financial status reevaluated to include her income from the TV show. The feds needed this information in order to decide how much to fine her for having embezzled the 40 grand from the trucking company she and her husband had embezzled from.

Alicia DiMichele, wife of reputed Colombo soldier, Edward "Tall Guy" Garofalo, faces sentencing on Monday for the embezzlement of union funds from a trucking company she and her husband once owned -- although the trucking company had been in the names of DiMichele and the wife of her husband's partner.

As we noted in an earlier post, that partner, Steven Marcus, had been wired up by the Feds in June 2006 "and probably was a bit of a snitch even before then," as reported by Jerry Capeci on the Huffington Post.

Marcus, 62, "a sleazy fixture in trucking and the demolition contracting business for decades," had been pals with Edward for about 25 years; the two were so close, they had put the trucking company, Big R Trucking, in their wives names, Capeci reported.

Prosecutors on Friday said they believe DiMichele has been earning an ample enough income (apparently from her role on "Mob Wives") for her to be able to pay a $96,000 fine and $20,000 in restitution when she's sentenced Monday.

"The Colombo family hottie is raking in $8,000 per episode for the cable TV reality show and is so flush with success she has opened a second clothing boutique, prosecutors Nicole Argentieri and Allon Lifshitz revealed in papers filed in Brooklyn Federal Court," reported the New York Daily News.

"The defendant's decision to participate in and profit from a television show that glorifies organized crime and those who participate in it, and demonizes the government for prosecuting these individuals, including (DiMichele), demonstrates that she fails to appreciate the seriousness of the charged crime and her life choices," the prosecutors wrote.

"To allow her to profit from such an endeavor would be a manifest injustice. Accordingly she should not retain any of her earnings (from the show)." The $96,000 fine would equal the total she'll earn for 12 episodes under her contract, the Daily News reported.

She can also get up to six months in prison. Defense lawyer John Wallenstein said he would respond to the government's argument in court papers.

Tall Guy was hit with seven years last month on different charges: murder conspiracy and witness tampering.

DiMichelle, as noted, had been hit with litigation by Gucci for allegedly selling counterfeit products at Addiction. However, according to a story on Radar Online, DiMichele said that Gucci had dropped the charges.

“Just to clarify, they were handmade items. We weren’t trying to sell something that was said to be Gucci that wasn’t," DiMichele told Radar.


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