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Man arrested for ‘scamming nuns’: FBI

By Agence France-Presse
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 2:44 EDT
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A US fugitive charged with swindling several nuns has been arrested in Las Vegas after more than three months on the run, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

Adriano Sotomayor, 54, of New Jersey, has been charged with 13 counts of wire fraud and is accused of having scammed the Dominican Sisters of the Rosary of Fatima, an order based in Puerto Rico and Philadelphia, the FBI said Monday.

The indictment alleges that Sotomayor told an elderly nun that she had been left $2.1 million in a will by a parishioner and then convinced her and others to send money for taxes, processing and legal fees.

Sotomayor allegedly convinced at least 24 victims to send a total of at least $439,153 from May 2009 to June 2011.

If convicted, Sotomayor faces a maximum sentence of 260 years in jail and a $3.25 million fine.

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