Fugitive crackdown nabs man wanted in...

Fugitive crackdown nabs man wanted in multi-million dollar fraud

There are 91 comments on the UnionLeader.com story from Jun 10, 2008, titled Fugitive crackdown nabs man wanted in multi-million dollar fraud. In it, UnionLeader.com reports that:

Gerard Joseph Latulippe, 65, was residing at 989 Ocean Boulevard, Unit 21, when he was arrested on the international warrant charging him with bilking investors out of nearly $2.4 million.

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FanManFRAUD

San Jose, CA

#23 Dec 29, 2008
THIS IS CRIS STATING ALL THIS TO MAKE HIMSELF SOUND GREAT! LOOK HOW FANMAN SAYS " WONDERFULL PEOPLE"
OH PLEASE!
Iggy 1962

Panama City, FL

#24 Jan 9, 2009
Dude (Dan)...What happened?...did you cave to pressure? Why are you now supporting them? What specifically has occurred to appease you? Were you paid off? Are these guys really legit?

Sad that what appears as a little seed $ is working to shut you up?
houston trouble shooter

United States

#25 Jan 17, 2009
ALL misleading Information from Chris Canzano Acting as his own positive reference he is trying to pull here
Public Service

Houston, TX

#26 Nov 27, 2009
Funny maybe a year past, no new work has been done on project. Well back it up now.
Public Service

Houston, TX

#27 Nov 27, 2009
How you think all the Investors fell about this now?
I bet there really mad. Would love to hear thought and comments here in lucie
Michael

Saint Louis, MO

#28 Jan 27, 2010
Joseph Troiano is also dirty and has stolen immense sums of money from this project. In his self constructed ponzy scheme, he has embezzled accounts out of escrow.

Besides being incompetent he is also fraudulent. As a result of this case, Joseph Troiano has fled the country and is under investigation by multiple authorities. For his sake, I hope that he watches his back...
Nina

Jackson, CA

#29 Feb 3, 2010
How come no one comes forward with their true identity and starts a contact list so we can communicate with one another not on this public forum and find out what the truth is with what went horribly wrong with this project? Ellen Brown I have been trying to get a hold of you for over a year but all your phone numbers have been disconnected please respond and contribute to the list. I am starting the list please email me at [email protected] and state your true name and how much you have lost. I already have contact info on 6 people who lost money.
Question Mark

Baltimore, MD

#32 Feb 27, 2010
I heard a Costa Rican process server snet to Eckenroth's old condo in CR a couple of weeks ago trying to serve a law suit. The CR real estate project Corazon has been shut down for over a year because of environmental issues. What's word on Troicano leaving the U.S.? Is there a possible link from this crew to the Scott Rothstein mega - scam in Fort Lauderdale ? Is a possible connection thru the now discredited and dethroned Russ Whitney who used Rothsteins law firm ?
One of the many

AOL

#33 Mar 1, 2010
From the Ft. Myers News-Press:
February 25th, 2010 by mpayne
Joseph Anthony Troiano can no longer practice law in the State of Florida. The Fort Myers attorney had been the subject of a couple of Tell Mel columns after his office closed down and The Florida Bar filed for an emergency suspension of his license. He was disbarred on Thursday.
Troiano’s practice, primarily in real estate law, had come under scrutiny after checks bounced on a client’s trust account. The law firm’s operating account also had a negative balance. The Florida Bar asked for the emergency suspension in order to protect client funds.
Troiano pled guilty to violating The Florida Bar rules on regulation of trust accounts and agreed to the disbarment. He also agreed to cooperate with an investigaton in connection with the Clients’ Security Fund (a Florida Bar fund that reimburses clients who have lost money) and to make a “reasonable effort” to reimburse the fund any money they pay out to his clients because of his actions.
Kathryn Blackman

Boys Town, NE

#34 Mar 1, 2010
I have worked with Joe Troiano for years and he has managed multiple escrow accounts for me and there has never been a problem. Joe is a good man. The accusations are only that. He is a high profile attorney and deserves a chance to explain his actions.I beleive in him and know this will get worked out. His law firm is big and he is taking responsibility for oversights that may have occurred.If you were personally affected you should make your true identity known and hire an attorney to help you sort this out.....Joe if you are reading this...We are praying for you and supporting you 100%....
Ursula

Boys Town, NE

#35 Mar 1, 2010
Hang in there Joe.......Those who know you beleive in you............
One of the many

AOL

#36 Mar 5, 2010
If he was such a good man, why did he plead guilty? My guess is to cover his behind and try to look good when the U.S. District Attorney comes knocking on his door with the criminal charges.
I don't know of ANY attorney who would just allow himself to be disbarred without one hell of a fight. Sounds like some of you have been bitten by the charmer, but ask him for your money back before you pour any more honey on his "good name!"
Michael

Broomfield, CO

#37 Mar 10, 2010
Kathryn Blackman wrote:
I have worked with Joe Troiano for years and he has managed multiple escrow accounts for me and there has never been a problem. Joe is a good man. The accusations are only that. He is a high profile attorney and deserves a chance to explain his actions.I beleive in him and know this will get worked out. His law firm is big and he is taking responsibility for oversights that may have occurred.If you were personally affected you should make your true identity known and hire an attorney to help you sort this out.....Joe if you are reading this...We are praying for you and supporting you 100%....
Lady, I don't care how long you worked for him, the man is a common criminal...he took what didn't belong to him and that's the bottom line. I am a victim of his actions because he took over a quarter of million from my grandmother's trust fund. A fund that she left to share with her family, not with some greedy lawyer who wasn't happy making an honest living. I would like you to explain how spending money that was simply intrusted in him to distribute to the beneficaries was in anyway, a simple mistake. He deliberately wrote 4 SNF checks. The man should have been arrested by now and should be in prison for a long time!
One of the many

AOL

#38 Mar 10, 2010
Michael, I read Kathryn's remarks as she worked WITH him, not FOR him. Let's give her a chance to get the reality check.(That is, after all, the only check she'll receive!)

I'm so sorry to hear about your family's loss. That is the only reason I stay tuned. I wrote my losses to him off A LONG TIME AGO! I fully anticipate that we will all read about his arrest, excuses, etc., but I still believe he knew he was going down the Ponzi slope, long before he donned his imaginary ski's. He's NOT a good person, but is a very good con artist. There are many people who will always think he's the "bee's knees" unless they lost real money to him. We cannot fault those people who were raised to believe "Most people are good." I'm "One of the Many!" Let's not trash the innocent people? It's only fair.
enlightened

Fort Myers, FL

#39 Jul 12, 2010
So what become of Capital First Financial and that whole scam? And what of the hundreds who have named Joe trustee in their trust documents?
Shoreoffaith

Naples, FL

#40 Sep 2, 2010
Michael wrote:
<quoted text>
Lady, I don't care how long you worked for him, the man is a common criminal...he took what didn't belong to him and that's the bottom line. I am a victim of his actions because he took over a quarter of million from my grandmother's trust fund. A fund that she left to share with her family, not with some greedy lawyer who wasn't happy making an honest living. I would like you to explain how spending money that was simply intrusted in him to distribute to the beneficaries was in anyway, a simple mistake. He deliberately wrote 4 SNF checks. The man should have been arrested by now and should be in prison for a long time!
Troiano stole $225,000 from 3 minor children's trust account which was in his care. His client (their father) was seriously ill and passed away. Knowing this, Joe Troiano stole the money their deceased father left for them. I spent over $40,000 and succeeded in removing him from my trust documents. I am so glad "JT" has been disbarred. I trust he will get what he deserves. He made his bed, now he can lie in it.
maggie

Fort Myers, FL

#41 Oct 21, 2010
not for anything I think the lawyer troiano was disbarred
enlightened

Fort Myers, FL

#42 Apr 7, 2011
FORT MYERS — A disbarred Fort Myers attorney was indicted today on charges he embezzled clients' funds, used them to pay back other clients and to invest in a Costa Rican real estate project.

A federal grand jury in Fort Myers handed up the indictment against 62-year-old Joseph A. Troiano and it was unsealed in U.S. District Court Wednesday. It charges him with mail fraud and seven counts of wire fraud.

If convicted, Troiano faces up to 20 years in a federal prison on each count. The indictment came after an investigation by the U.S. Secret Service.

The Florida Supreme Court suspended his license in January 2010 due to the fraud and he was disbarred the next month after practicing in Florida since 2002. A petition to suspend his license said his firm's checks were bouncing and he was hospitalized on suicide watch. He also was licensed to practice in Maine and was disbarred there in June. He specialized in taxation, business law and estate planning.

He could not immediately be reached for comment. His firm's number is disconnected.

The indictment alleges that from late 2007 through January 2010, when he was suspended, Troiano embezzled clients' and beneficiaries' funds and used them for his own purposes, including paying back other clients who'd given him money for services. He also made false representations and lied to clients to conceal the misappropriation of their funds.

The indictment also says he used clients’ funds to invest in a Costa Rican real estate project through J&D Investments LLC, a company he managed and owned with his wife.

He will be prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert P. Barclift and Yolande G. Viacava.
Nina

Martinez, CA

#43 Apr 8, 2011
Yippeeeee!!!!!!!
Just another one

United States

#44 Apr 8, 2011
If he did your will or trust as your attorney, check to see if he made himself executor or even a beneficiary. Then RUN to a real attorney to have your papers in order. He is such a SCUMBAG!!!!!!
And, his wife only pretends to be dumb, albeit very well! Denise was aware, I'm quite certain....

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