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IN BRIEF : Gioiosa Denies Cocaine Charges

<i> From Times staff and wire service reports </i>

Thomas Gioiosa, who once lived with Cincinnati Reds Manager Pete Rose and his family, pleaded innocent today to federal charges of tax evasion and conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

U.S. Magistrate Robert Steinberg allowed Gioiosa, 31, to remain free on bond. If convicted, Gioiosa could face maximum penalties of 38 years in prison and $2 million in fines.

The five-count federal indictment accuses Gioiosa of income-tax evasion for the years 1985 and ’86, and charges that he conspired to arrange cocaine deliveries from Florida to Cincinnati between January, 1985, and January, 1987.


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