Ex-Philly mayor’s daughter spared in gambling case

    The daughter of a former Philadelphia mayor is likely to go free in the latest gambling prosecution of her husband, who admits running a global sports betting ring.

    Joanna Mastronardo, daughter of the late Mayor Frank Rizzo, will have a banking charge dropped if other defendants plead guilty to racketeering and gambling charges.

    Her husband, Joseph “Joe Vito” Mastronardo Sr., and son, Joseph F. “Joey” Mastronardo, pleaded guilty on Friday.

    A federal judge said Tuesday that he will drop her case when they are sentenced.

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    Prosecutors say Joseph Mastronardo and his brother, John, had operations online and in several countries. John Mastronardo says he will plead guilty on Thursday.

    Authorities found $1 million in cash buried outside Joseph Mastronardo’s estate near Philadelphia.

    He’s been convicted of related charges twice before.

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