Court To Decide If Alleged Mobster is ‘Too Rich' for Public Defender

New Jersey Supreme Court will decide whether alleged mobster Alfonso Cataldo has enough money to pay for his own lawyer

After two courts found that a reputed mobster is too rich to qualify for a public defender, the state Supreme Court has decided to take up the matter.

Prosecutors say 69-year-old Alfonso Cataldo of Florham Park has enough money to pay for his own defense.

Cataldo is among 35 defendants charged in a $2.2 billion gambling ring allegedly operated by the Lucchese crime family.

He has been indicted on racketeering, gambling, money laundering and other charges.

The Star-Ledger of Newark reports that a criminal division manager in Superior Court in Morristown found Cataldo to be indigent after an interview. However, Deputy Attorney General Mark Eliades says Cataldo has $1.4 million in assets.

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