Margate, N.J., man admits to scamming nuns

    A Margate, N.J., man pleaded guilty Friday to 17 counts of wire fraud in a scheme to separate members of the Dominican Sisters of the Rosary of Fatima from their money.

    Adriano Sotomayor, 54, admitted to defrauding the sisters and others for a two and a half year period starting in May of 2009.

    He was captured by the FBI Fugitive Squad in Las Vegas a year ago after spending months on the run. 

    His scheme worked like this: He’d get an elderly nun to believe she had been named beneficiary of an estate worth about $2.1 million, and that she needed to send money to pay for taxes and various legal and processing fees associated with the fictitious will — to him — where else? At various casinos in Atlantic City.

    Sotomayor bilked at least $1.3 million out of more than 50 victims in Pennsylvania and elsewhere.  over a two year period.

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