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February 25, 2013

New Jersey man pleads guilty to scamming nun

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — A New Jersey man has plead guilty to federal charges resulting from a scheme he created to defraud an elderly nun, among other victims.

Adriano Sotomayor, 54, of Margate, N.J., plead guilty Friday to 17 federal counts of wire fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud members of the Dominican Sisters of the Rosary of Fatima (“Sisters of Fatima”) and others between May 2009 and February 2012.

Sotomayor’s schemes began when he led an elderly nun to believe she had been named in a will as the beneficiary of an estate valued at $2.1 million. Sotomayor impersonated a Catholic priest and fraudulently encouraged the nun to send money to him in Atlantic City to cover the cost of imaginary taxes, processing fees and legal fees on the fictitious inheritance. He then induced several other victims in Levittown, N.J. and Philadelphia to send him money on the elderly nuns behalf throughout a period of two years.

It is believed Sotomayor defrauded at least 50 individuals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey of at least $1.3 million during a two year-period. He received wire transfers from locations including the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, the Showboat Hotel and Casino, and Bally’s Park Place.

Sotomayor could face between 70 and 188 months in prison for the scheme.

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