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Mob Boss Joey Merlino Pleads Guilty To Illegal Gambling Charge To Avoid Retrial

NEW YORK (CBS) -- Notorious Philadelphia mob boss Joey Merlino pleads guilty to an illegal gambling charge in New York City.

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Merlino entered the plea Friday as part of a deal to avoid a retrial in a racketeering case.

He was accused of profiting from gambling and health insurance schemes run by organized crime families on the East Coast.

A trial in February ended in a hung jury.

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Merlino's sentencing is set for September.

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