The fugitive who scammed an elderly nun from the Dominican Sisters of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima based out of Puerto Rico and Pennsylvania has been captured in Las Vegas.
Adriano Sotomayor, 54, allegedly swindled over $430,000 from the sister and approximately 23 others from Pennsylvania and elsewhere. According to the FBI,
Sotomayor launched his scheme by causing an elderly nun to believe that she had been named in a will as a beneficiary of an estate valued at approximately $2.1 million. In order to lure the elderly nun into the scheme, Sotomayor caused the victim to believe that the man who notified her about the will was a Catholic priest from New Jersey, and the deceased was one of his parishioners.
The New Jersey man was indicted by federal prosecutors on 13 counts of mail fraud in November, but fled and was apprehended this past Monday.
As the South Central Headlines Examiner reported earlier today, if convicted, Adriano Sotomayor faces a maximum possible sentence of 260 years jail time and over 3 million dollars in fines.
Sister Emily Masse, the religious education director of Holy Name of Mary in Valley Stream, hadn’t heard of this specific crime, but wasn’t surprised, as this is not uncommon. She knows of two nuns whose emails were hacked by imposters looking to cash in from the unsuspecting sisters. Fortunately, nothing further ensued.
Holy Name of Mary’s convent houses two orders of nuns; the Sisters of St. Dominic in Amityville and the Sisters of St. Joseph in Babylon.
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