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Anthony Boscarino -- the son of a slain Chicago mobster and the brother of an allegedly mob-linked businessman who helped sink the Rosemont casino deal -- has run into his own trouble, involving millions of dollars, Las Vegas casinos and a 39-page indictment.

A former Chicago-area resident, Boscarino, 44, was charged earlier this month in Arizona with 88 counts of fraud, money laundering, tax evasion and other crimes for allegedly running several Internet gambling or investment scams that sucked in about $7.7 million from investors across the world.

Boscarino, who lives in Phoenix, allegedly funneled much of that money through Las Vegas casino accounts and spent time gambling and living a high lifestyle that included a Jaguar, a Cadillac, a Patek Philippe watch and a home with a mortgage of about $13,000 a month.

He was ordered held without bond this month after federal investigators raided his home in February and found evidence that Boscarino was researching how to obtain a fake passport.

Even after the search, Boscarino kept up his big-money transactions at Las Vegas casinos, authorities said.

Here's the link to the story in Tuesday's Chicago Sun-Times about the feds' ramped up efforts to keep Joseph Jerry "The Monk" Scalise in jail while he awaits trial on charges he planned to knock off an armored car truck.

Mobbed-up geriatric burglar Joseph Jerry "The Monk" Scalise may learn next week whether he'll get out of jail -- from a magistrate judge who's already suggested she may be willing to spring him.

Scalise, in his early 70s, is charged with two colleagues with planning a robbery of an armored car in west suburban LaGrange. He was arrested earlier this year along with two colleagues, Arthur "The Genius" Rachel, and Robert Pullia, as they were allegedly working on the burglary of the home of a late mob boss, Angelo "The Hook" LaPietra.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Nan Nolan has already set bond for Rachel and Pullia, who have been released from jail, despite vigorous efforts from the prosecution to keep them behind bars.

Now, Nolan will decide whether to release Scalise.

Joseph Jerry "The Monk" Scalise, awaiting trial on charges he planned a heist of an armored truck in west suburban LaGrange, wants out of prison.

Scalise's legendary attorney, Edward Genson, filed a request with a federal judge on Monday asking for Scalise's release, noting that the other two defendants in the case have already been released.

Scalise, who is also accused of planning the robbery of the home of late mob boss Angelo "The Hook" LaPietra, is being held without bond at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago.

Scalise's family and long-time companion are willing to post property worth more than $1 million. Scalise is willing to be put under house arrest and a home electronic monitor.

Prosecutors, though, are expected to vigorously oppose Scalise's release, as they have before.

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