Saturday, July 05, 2008

"Mafia Cop" Gets Prison for Filing False Tax Return

A former New York police detective accused of moonlighting as a hit man for the mob has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for filing a false income tax return.

A U.S. District Court in Nevada also ordered Louis Eppolito to pay $102,000 in restitution.

Eppolito and another former New York detective were accused of participating in at least eight mob-related killings while working for the Luchese crime family.

A New York jury found them guilty of a racketeering conspiracy responsible for multiple murders and other crimes. A federal judge later ruled the statute of limitations had expired for the charges.

The decision is under appeal.

Eppolito has been in federal custody since he was arrested in Las Vegas in 2005.

Prosecutors say he received credit for time served in Tuesday's sentencing, but will be transferred to New York authorities under a detention order in the racketeering case.

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