Serial Con Man's Unusual Sentencing Request Granted

Jimmy Sabatino, who ran $10M fraud job from prison, will have almost zero contact with anyone
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2017 11:10 AM CST

In what the Sun Sentinel calls an "extremely unusual" case out of Florida, a judge has granted an inmate accused of running a multimillion-dollar fraud job out of his jail cell his sentencing request: to keep him away from nearly every person on Earth so he won't be able to commit crimes again. Jimmy Sabatino, who's tied to the Gambino crime family and was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison in Colorado's "Supermax" facility after pleading guilty to the $10.4 million fraud, had asked that he not be allowed to call, talk with, or even pen letters to anyone during his incarceration. US District Judge Joan Lenard has allowed just limited contact with his stepmom and two lawyers. "He can't control himself," one of Sabatino's attorneys says, adding his client will now be relegated to what's basically solitary confinement, with just a TV in his cell to keep him company.

Sabatino, a 40-something who's been in and out of jail since he was a teen, was accused of running a racketeering ring out of his cell at Miami's Federal Detention Center. The man the Miami Herald has called the city's "most incorrigible con artist" cajoled federal corrections officers into smuggling him a handful of cellphones, then used those phones to contact luxury retailers like Jimmy Choo and Tiffany as a fake rep for Sony and Roc Nation; he'd then convince the retailers to "lend" their jewelry, handbags, and other items to his associates for use in music videos—except his associates, who weren't shooting music videos, would pawn the items and split the cash among themselves, their mob bosses, and Sabatino's commissary fund. Sabatino says the government should be "embarrassed" he was able to pull off his scam. He added to Lenard in court: "I don't apologize to nobody." (This con man called himself "Mr. Breeze.")

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