NC fraudster went on crime spree while at home on COVID release from prison, feds say
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It didn’t take Joseph DiBruno Jr. very long to get back into the family business. According to court documents unsealed Thursday, the 52-year-old Gastonia, North Carolina, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Charlotte for financial fraud — a cornerstone of his family’s business model dating back to the 1990s. In 2008, DiBruno, along with his father and brother, pleaded guilty to a decade-long conspiracy in which the trio bilked almost $4 million from unwitting investors. According to court documents at the time, the DiBrunos used an array of sham businesses — from a cholesterol-lo...