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Alleged NY Mob Members Sentenced

May 21, 1998

MIAMI (AP) _ A strip club owner identified by federal agents as a captain of New York’s Bonano crime family was sentenced to seven years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to federal racketeering charges.

Thomas Farese, 55, of Jupiter, agreed to plead guilty to charges filed under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act if prosecutors dropped additional money laundering and mail fraud charges.

Prosecutors said Farese and five reputed Colombo family members and associates arranged secret ownership of four South Florida strip clubs, then used the strip clubs to launder drug money.

The group also cheated Florida out of ``substantial″ sales tax revenues at the strip clubs, according to the indictment.

``I apologize to my family. I got involved in something I should not have gotten involved in,″ Farese said.

Two other defendants _ also identified by investigators as members of the Bonano family _ received lesser sentences after pleading guilty to the same racketeering charge.

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