Mario Riccobene

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Mario "Sonny" Riccobene (1933-1993, New Jersey)[1] was a member of the Philadelphia crime family. He later became a federal witness after his son committed suicide with the fear of being killed from Nicodemo Scarfo and his fellow gangsters.[2] He later returned to his old lifestyle and in 1993 murdered by his old associates.[3] Riccobene had been in the witness protection program but eventually removed from the program because he was unable to follow the rules.[4]

Early life[edit]

Born in Philadelphia to Sicilian immigrant parents, he was the half- brother of Harold Riccobene. He joined the Bruno family in the 1950s, frequently working as a driver for Angelo Bruno.[5]

Criminal Life[edit]

During the Bruno-Scarfo war, the violence was increasing and Mario was approached by Scarfo's consigliere Frank Monte[6] to "(turn) over his brother" but he refused. Riccobene ended up telling his brother. In May 1982, Monte was fatally shot in response.[7]

In 1983, he and Harry were convicted of racketeering. He was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in jail and a $10,000 fine.[8]