It might not be all that surprising that a reality show about convicted gangsters’ wives would see a cast member go to prison. It is, however, a bit surprising that it took four seasons.
Mob Wives star Alicia DiMichele is set to be sentenced for embezzling, after she pleaded guilty to helping her husband steal union funds from his trucking company.
The Harvey Weinstein produced show, currently airing its fourth season on VH1 (and subtitled Mob Wives: New Blood), follows a group of women whose husbands or fathers have been imprisoned or charged with crimes connected to work for the mob.
DiMichele is married to Edward “The Tall Guy” Garofalo, who himself was sentenced to seven years in prison for “murder conspiracy, extortion and witness tampering,” according to the New York Daily News.
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DiMichele faces up to six months in prison — and federal prosecutors are also looking to slap her with a $96,000 fine as well.
According to a court filing, prosecutors say that DiMichele is making $8,000 an episode for the show Mob Wives, a show that “glorifies organized crime,” so she should have to pay the fine and shell out an additional $20,000 in restitution: “The defendant’s decision to participate in and profit from a television show that glorifies organized crime and those who participate in it, and demonizes the government for prosecuting these individuals, including (DiMichele), demonstrates that she fails to appreciate the seriousness of the charged crime and her life choices.
“In reality, the show is about a group of women, loosely connected by their so-called affiliation with organized crime, arguing and fighting amongst themselves over petty grievances for the viewing pleasure of people who have no lives of their own,” DiMichele’s attorney argued in a court filing.
VH1′s marketing team must be thrilled.
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