Alicia DiMichele Garofalo announced she was leaving Mob Wives to focus on her legal issues and her family. Alicia was facing up to six months for embezzling from a trucking union as part of a scheme orchestrated by her husband, Edward (Tall Guy) Garofalo, Jr.
Last week Alicia appeared in court to be sentenced for her crimes, for which she pled guilty, and she was relieved to learn she would be given four years probation, plus restitution but no jail time!
“I knew that my husband and his partners were doing something wrong and I helped them,” Alicia admitted to the judge in Brooklyn Federal Court. “This is not who I am and I can’t even describe how embarrassed I am to be standing here today.”
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Alicia’s husband is currently serving a seven-year-sentence related to a murder conspiracy and it was Alicia’s role as a single mother that likely helped her land only probation. Alicia is not totally off the hook, however – she owes $40,000 in restitution to the fund of Teamsters Local 282. Plus, reveals the NY Daily News, Alicia is also involved in a lawsuit. The union is suing her husband’s former company and Alicia could owe thousands as a result.
Which is why Alicia is ready to return to reality TV – the lady needs her money! “I am finally at peace after a long, difficult 4 and a 1/2 years. I don’t even think it really hit me yet,” Alicia said in a statement to VH1.
But she is looking forward! “Of course now that my sentencing is over, I’m getting bombarded with that I better end up back on the TV,” Alicia adds. “It’s such an amazing feeling that the boys and I are so loved and supported. It truly helped in my process of staying strong. ”
Alicia thanked fans for love and support during her difficult ordeal. “My Boys were waiting by the door for me to come home and hug me after hearing the good news about my sentencing. We can all finally put this behind us and move forward. We came back even stronger as a family, ready to take on whatever comes our way. We are UNBREAKABLE. #familyovereverything,” Alicia wrote on instagram.
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