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Snitch shocks wife of Philly mob boss Joseph Merlino in court after revealing husband’s mistress in court

February 9, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Snitch shocks wife of Philly mob boss Joseph Merlino in court after revealing husband’s mistress in court

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Although her husband is on trial on charges of racketeering — the wife of reputed organized crime figure Joseph Merlino blindsided on Wednesday by a rat in Manhattan federal court.

Mafia rat John “Junior’’ Rubeo testified that Philadelphia mob boss  “Skinny Joey’’ Merlino had a “goumada” which resulted in gasps from some of his two dozen supporters sitting in the courtroom — and his wife Deborah’s face froze in shock.

When the judge ordered a break a brief time later, Deborah Merlino slowly stood up and left.

The couple gathered in the hallway, whispering while surrounded by their supporters, which then blocked the doors to an elevator as Joey and Deborah got in.

During the break, Joseph Merlino approached a reporter for the New York Post outside the courthouse and hopelessly tried to rewrite history, stating: “Don’t put the girl in,” referring to his former mistress.

Rubeo dropped the bombshell allegation of Merlino’s affair while he was being cross-examined.

The man was testifying about the role of an unnamed pharmaceutical saleswoman in an insurance-fraud scheme that Merlino allegedly managed when he unexpectedly said, “Listen, he got caught sleeping with her.”

Snitch John ‘Junior’ Rubeo revealed Merlino’s mistress during testimony on Wednesday. 

“He ended the relationship. It was his connection. He said, ‘She sends things to my house, my wife is going to find out,’ ” Rubeo continued.

Defense attorney Edwin Jacobs Jr. reportedly couldn’t believe what he was hearing and asked Rubeo, “So you are telling us Joey slept with this rep?”

“Yes, that’s what he told me,” the former Genovese crime-family associate replied.

However, Rubeo’s testimony wasn’t the first time that courtroom allegations of infidelity have impacted Joey and Deborah’s relationship.

In 2003, William Rinick — a drug dealer and associate of Joey’s — testified while on trial for murder that he took Deborah to Maryland for an abortion after she had an affair with an unidentified professional football player from New York, which took place while Joey was behind bars.

At the time, Joey’s attorney rejected Rinick’s allegations as made-up retaliation against Deborah for testifying against him. However, the prosecutor in the case said that it was believed that Deborah had cheated on her husband and the trip to Maryland did take place — although Rinick was alleged to have been the lover.

In 2001, Rinick was caught in his underwear during a drug bust at Joey and Deborah’s townhouse in Philly, three days after Joey was sentenced to 14 years behind bars for racketeering.

Authorities said Rinick was discovered under a bed, but he testified he was going to grab a prosthetic leg he started using after he got into a motorcycle accident.

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