Many fans of VH1’s hit show, Mob Wives New Blood, are familiar with newcomer, Alicia DiMichele, 40 and her ongoing legal problems.
The sexy mob wife joined the VH1 reality show so she could improve her “mob” image to the judge. DiMichele earned $8,000-per-episode which prompted prosecutors to argue that she was able to pay a $96,000 fine.
The wife of mobster Edward (Tall Guy) Garofalo, 46 an admitted Colombo Family Enforcer has called it quits after one season on the hit reality show. Reportedly, Alicia submitted her resignation papers to VH1 and plans to focus her time fighting her federal embezzlement case after withdrawing her earlier guilty plea.
Garafalo strongly objected to his wife appearing on show alongside Sammy “The Bull” Gravano’s daughter, Karen Gravano. Lucky thing for Alicia, Karen was not a member of the season four Mob Wives New Blood cast. He was sentenced to 7 years in prison for murder conspiracy, extortion and witness tampering.
The feds charged Alicia DiMichele with helping her husband embezzle $40,000 in Teamsters pension funds from a Staten Island trucking company.
Initially, DiMichele’s lawyer and the prosecutors reached a restitution agreement of $20,000 but the Teamsters Union’s attorney rejected the offer, placing the debt at $2.8 million including 18% interest. After reviewing the agreement, Federal Judge Sandra Townes rejected the plea deal, citing the $20,000 figure was disproportionate to the $2.8 million figure. Judge Townes then offered DiMichele the opportunity to take back her guilty plea. DiMichele jumped at the opportunity, withdrew her guilty plea and plans to fight the case.