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Feds Bust Philly Mob Boss, 12 Others

Joseph 'Uncle Joe' Ligambi and a dozen more face charges
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2011 11:55 AM CDT

(Newser) – A real-life Sopranos (or Godfather, depending on your generation) in Philly: Joseph “Uncle Joe” Ligambi, the reputed boss of the Philadelphia mob, has been arrested along with a dozen others believed to be connected to the mob. Federal authorities busted the group, and prosecutors charged them with conspiracy, extortion, illegal gambling, witness tampering, and other counts. Ligambi got a life sentence in 1989 for murder, the AP notes, but that conviction was overturned and he left prison in 1997. (Read more Philadelphia stories.)

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