Federal prosecutors want a federal judge to fine Alicia DiMichele $96,000 when she is sentenced today on her conviction for embezzling union funds from a trucking company that she ran with her husband Edward Garofalo Jr. as reported by Riyad Hasan for the New York Post: "the feds claim that DiMichele . . . is raking $8,000 an episode for her role in the popular show that 'glorifies organized crime,' according to a court filing," and "to allow her to profit from such an endeavor . . . would be a manifest injustice."
It's unlikely that DiMichele will receive hard time. Although under a plea agreement the mother of three young children faces up to six months Assistant U.S. Attorney Allon Lifshitz "said the government will not oppose a sentence of confining DiMichele to her New Jersey home in lieu of prison" as reported by John Marzulli for the Daily News.
Her hubby, a reputed Colombo associate, was sentenced last month to seven years on a racketeering conviction involving a host of underlying crimes including murder conspiracy and witness intimidation as reported by John Marzulli for the Daily News.
Edward Garofalo Jr.'s father Eddie was slain in 1990 by former Gambino underboss Sammy 'The Bull" Gravano, and the murdered victim's brother Emmanuel "Manny" Garofalo apparently is not a fan of Mob Wives as reported by John Marzulli for the Daily News:
"Alicia has chosen to humiliate my nephew Edward and our entire family in the name of my brother who she never even knew," said Manny Garofalo. "The show’s stupid. I think it's disgraceful. It's blood money. It's my brother's blood."
That sentiment about the show likely is shared by many.
01/11/14 UPDATE: The sentencing date for DiMichele has been adjourned to March pending resolution of the restitution issue according to the Mob Wives reality star in an interview as reported by Karen de Wilde for the Oakland Celebrity Examiner: "The judge postponed my sentencing because my restitution issue is not yet resolved. Therefore, she cannot sentence me until that part is settled. They think maybe some time in March I’ll be sentenced, but they are not sure. I am beyond frustrated."