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Adriano Sotomayor

Since this story's original publish date, Sotomayor has been apprehended by the FBI.

Charges: wire fraud, aiding and abetting

Adriano Sotomayor is wanted for alleged involvement in the defrauding of members of the Dominican Sisters of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima in Puerto Rico and Pennsylvania between May 2009 and June 2011.

The FBI says Sotomayor allegedly launched his scheme after persuading an elderly nun to believe that she had been named in a will as a beneficiary of an estate valued at about $2.1 million. To lure the nun, the FBI claims, Sotomayor made the victim 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. Sotomayor allegedly caused at least 24 victims to send a total of more than $430,000 to him in New Jersey over a two-year period, investigators said.

On Nov. 15, Sotomayor was charged with 13 counts of wire fraud and one count of aiding and abetting, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. An arrest of Sotomayor was attempted on Nov. 16, after which Sotomayor contacted federal authorities and agreed to surrender on Nov. 22. However, he failed to appear and remains a fugitive, the FBI said.

See Sotomayor’s FBI “Wanted” poster

Info and Photo Courtesy: FBI