Boca's Joey Merlino Arrested, Faces Federal Mob Charges

merlino's bocaBOCA RATON, FL ( — We are citing the Philadelphia Inquirer for now but expect to have a media release from the US Department of Justice later in the day.

The Inquirer reports that Joey Merlino, referred to as a “Former Philadelphia Mob Boss,” was arrested today in a major East Coast mob “takedown.”

Merlino is well known to Philadelphians. He moved to Boca Raton several years ago where he became well known to locals through his “Merlino’s” restaurant near Mizner. He reportedly lent his name to the restaurant and is a frequent fixture, but has no ownership in the venture.

Merlino, according to the Inquirer, was one of three people “leading a criminal enterprise that involved gambling, gun sales and healthcare fraud.”



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