Mob soldier sentenced


Through an investigation involving multiple law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, the Philadelphia Police Department and the Pennsylvania State Police, the United States Attorney’s Office last week sentenced Eric Esposito to a 27-month prison stay for participation in a Girard Estate-based illegal gambling business.

The week-long trial of the 43-year-old concluded he had used video poker machines at the First Ward Republican Club, 2300 S. Woodstock St., to generate profit for the Philadelphia La Cosa Nostra Family. United States District Judge Eduardo C. Robreno delivered the news and ordered him to three years of supervised release and a $4,000 fine. A report on the investigation noted Esposito becomes the 13th La Cosa Nostra individual to plead guilty or end up convicted as part of the case and the 12th to receive a sentence.

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