(CelebNMusic247-News) Manny Garofalo Weighs In on Alicia DiMichele Garofalo!
Mob Wives New Blood star Alicia DiMichele Garofalo has been going through it since the Vegas episodes, but Manny Garofalo claims Alicia “humiliate” his “nephew Edward.”
If you’ve been watching Mob Wives? If so, then you would know on Thursday nights episode Drita smelled a SNITCH and that Alicia DiMichele Garofalo from Philly aka “the Mobetta” has been making headlines in the tabloids ever since their trip to Vegas. You know the one where Renee went on a binder drinking, popping pills and going on a tiraid to snuff Natalie over the word “Delicious.” Well all the drama, which may be semi-scripted according to Garofalo’s attorney, John Wallenstein, has made for great reality TV, but has also pushed up her sentencing.
If you’re a fan of the show like we are you would know Alicia has been going through it and is very worried what will happen to her family if she gets sentenced to 5 years in prison for allegedly cooking the books. The new year has been rough for DiMichelle, especially with tabloids throwing her under the bus and most recently with prosecutors revealing her Mob Wives salary.
Now Alicia DiMichelle’s husband’s Uncle Manny Garofalo is speaking out about her and its NOT a good look.
In a recent interview with the New York Daily News, Emmanuel “Manny” Garofalo had to say about Alicia DiMichele joining the cast of Mob Wives.
“Alicia has chosen to humiliate my nephew Edward and our entire family in the name of my brother who she never even knew. The show’s stupid. I think it’s disgraceful. It’s blood money. It’s my brother’s blood.
Manny added that he is so sickened by this “exploitation” of the murder of his brother, Eddie “The Chink,” that he’s thinking of selling his home and moving to a place where he won’t be recognized.
DiMichele, the newest cast member on Mob Wives and the one Manny blames for cashing in on what was a violent gangland slaying, is due to be sentenced (Jan 6) after pleading guilty to helping embezzle money with her husband, Edward “Tall Guy” Garofalo, from the pension fund of a company they owned. Tall Guy has started serving his own seven-year sentence. (We will report on Alicia’s sentence as soon as it’s made public.)
However, if what Karen Gravano has told Jerry Capeci is true, we don’t know how “humiliated” the Tall Guy can be, since according to Karen, it was Edward himself who reportedly arranged for his wife to be on the reality show.
Manny resides in a four-bed, four-bath Sea Gate palace on Brooklyn’s waterfront, which he told the News he is considering putting on the market for $1.2 million.
Manny himself was recently sentenced for his own extortion-related crimes — to community service. More on that below…
We recently found an interesting mob blog, Breakshot, which is authored by Ken “Kenji” Gallo, a onetime associate of the Colombo family who became a turncoat charged with running a radio show for the feds. Kenji also wrote a great book about life in the mob — particularly in the crazy madhouse known as the Colombo family. However, Kenji’s book, also titled Breakshot, is out of print. This would be a great time to republish the book, because Mob Wives fans would be all over it. – Kindle 2 anyone?
According to the “about me” section on his Breakshot blog, Kenny “Kenji” Gallo, 45, is a half-Japanese/half-Italian-American gangster turned informant and former director and producer of pornographic films. Kenji is one of the most unlikely and controversial gangsters… When the police cracked down on his drug-trafficking empire, Gallo abandoned the cocaine trade for life in the American Mafia as a jet-setting playboy gangster, marrying porn star Tabitha Stevens, and making millions in prostitution, credit fraud, “pump-and-dump” stock fraud, gambling, extortion, and the porn business. As the protégé of Mafia legends like John “Sonny” Franzese, Jerry Zimmerman, and Vincent “Jimmy” Caci, Gallo quickly earned the reputation as one the smartest and most capable young mobsters in America.
After some 20 years in “the life” Kenji said he volunteered to wear a wire for the FBI in 1998 to help convict members of the Colombo and Lucchese families. His FBI code-name was “Breakshot.”
Breakshot, the book, is Kenji’s account of his life in organized crime. His blog, he notes, “picks up where the book left off.”
Kenji — who regularly gives speeches to decry his former life of crime for law enforcement, schools, and libraries — writes on his blog that he knew the Garofalos — Manny, Edward and Alicia DiMichele — quite well, and has some interesting things to say about them.
As for Alicia claiming that she was an inadvertent participant in the crimes she wasn’t even aware her husband was committing, Kenji writes:
“I wore a wire when I was in the car with Eddie and Teddy [Persico, Eddie's capo in the Colombo family] many times. Once we were on our way to get guns at Teddy’s mothers home (so Teddy could get to some wayward Colombos)… how could Alicia not know her husband was knee-deep in crime? All she would have to do is pick up a newspaper or do a Google search and she would know the truth about the name Persico.”
On January 6th, “[Alicia] faced another judge, and she has already pleaded guilty in court while claiming to the media she was not aware of The Life. She has made a lot of money from The Life. Even now she is living it up. She has two clothing stores… she still lives in a luxury Cherry Hill home and she went on a cross country party spree while waiting for her sentencing…
“So what exactly did she do? Alicia helped Eddie and Teddy, and that means she helped the Colombo Family to steal hard working Union Member’s Benefits. Alicia not only conspired but has admitted to stealing the money from the Local 282 of the Teamsters… Alicia submitted a false invoice in November of 2004 to a Long Island company on behalf of Big R Trucking and then submitted a false Shop Steward report to the 282 Local for DM Equipment for a week in November. All this to defraud the Union Health plan and their retirement plans. This is really low because they messed with normal hard working people while they went on gambling sprees, drove fancy cars and took vacations on their dime.”
After reading reports about “Tall Guy” negotiating a role for his wife on “Mob Wives,” again, as per Karen Gravano’s story, Kenji notes: “I thought Mafia guys were supposed to keep a low profile… “
In an earlier blog post, Kenji writes more about “Tall Guy” Eddie as he knew him. Garofalo doesn’t seem so legit as a tough guy anymore:
“He is a big guy. Mostly, a fat guy… I was there with the wire running. Eddie egged the whole thing on and he is the one who brought it up in front of Teddy Persico Jr. Yet when we got to Teddy’s mothers house to pick up “the gear” aka guns, Eddie had to run inside to use the bathroom. After they handed out their really crappy ‘gear,’ and all I had was a knife, Eddie told me to duck if they started shooting…”
“Now Eddie is going to be calling in on the reality show from prison. I wonder what Teddy Persico, his Capo, thinks about that… every mob guy knows mob guys don’t go on TV. It’s a secret society.”
According to this report from Cosa-Nostra-News, the plot thickens and Alicia is no angel herself. On the series she is FURIOUS with Renee over her husband Eddie still keeping ties with an old ex, but it seems she allegedly has a man on the side as well.
Kenji cryptically adds:
“To top it all off, according to the New York Post, Eddie’s wife Alicia has been carrying on a 3 year affair with a married restaurateur. That is how she thanks her husband, after he plead out so that she would get no time.”
“Do we see a rule 35 hearing coming up in the future?”
“… Manny got off with no time because of Super Storm Sandy and all the work he did to help (that is the BS reason given by the judge to cover up the real reason he got off with a slap on the wrist). I personally laundered money with Manny, and after I left Brooklyn he threatened me…
“If someone looks up Manny they can see what a great guy he is from the people he committed the crimes with in the past. Names like Steve “Wonder Boy” Crea dot the pages of the indictments.
Now we cannot say if all this is true or hearsay, we are just reporting the news according to the New York Daily News and Breakshot. We are also aware that this may be a SPOILER ALERT for fans of the VH1 reality TV series, but we dug deeper since there seemed to be more than meets the eye on this season of Mob Wives.
However, we also realize that most Reality blogs who report on shows don’t go deeper than just the series and Breakshots Kenji makes a point to express his feeling in a side-note.
“In regards to the failure of all the Mafia television shows produced by people who don’t even do their own basic research. He makes note of one such show that ran on ID about Chris Paciello, in which it was claimed that the Staten Island car-theft ring known as The Untouchables was based on the film Gone in Sixty Seconds; Kenji is referring to the original version here, not the remake: “Gone in Sixty Seconds was shot in Carson California in 1974! Chris Paciello was born in 1971. Was that movie about toddler car thieves?”