Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Mobster's $250k cheque hard to collect

Mafia veteran Thomas “Tommy Shots” Gioeli suffered a fractured kneecap chasing down an errant ping pong ball in prison. The one-time street boss of the Colombo crime family won a $250k settlement, but now federal prosecutors want to scoop the cash to help cover $360,000 in court-ordered restitution. Gioeli, acting as his own attorney, filed a biblical 83-page court document from his prison cell arguing the injury payoff from the federal Bureau of Prisons was his alone.
The career tough guy, described by witnesses as a cold-blooded killer during his 2012 trial where he was convicted of racketeering, wants the restitution order amended. Gioeli, citing case law, argued it was “both noteworthy and relevant” that a 2012 ruling found the federal courts lacked the “inherent power” to impose payback as part of a sentence. The gangster is less than halfway through his 18 1/2-year prison term and pays $25 every three months, with a current balance owed of $359,800