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Former 'mobster' arrested in Knoxville

January 18th, 2010 12:00 am by Associated Press

A man who says he's a former mob member has been arrested in Knoxville after arriving to speak at a Christian conference.

Michael Franzese calls himself a former mobster who's now a Christian author.

He was scheduled to speak at a Feed Your Faith event on Saturday at a conference called "The Good, the Bad and the Forgiven."

The Blount County Sheriff's Office says Franzese was booked into jail on outstanding warrants out of Williamson County for worthless checks.

Church members were supposed to pick him up at the airport, but they say police boarded the plane and escorted Franzese off.

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