Oklahoma City man is ordered to pay $2.2 million in restitution for real estate scheme

Joseph Angelo Sivigliano, 80, was convicted at a trial in April of conspiracy, fraud and money laundering. U.S. District Judge David Russell chose his punishment Friday in Oklahoma City.
by Nolan Clay Modified: September 7, 2012 at 10:02 pm •  Published: September 8, 2012
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An Oklahoma City man was ordered Friday to serve 96 months in prison and to pay $2.2 million in restitution to victims of his real estate investment scheme.

Joseph Angelo Sivigliano, 80, was convicted at a trial in April of conspiracy, fraud and money laundering. U.S. District Judge David Russell chose his punishment Friday.

Prosecutors alleged Sivigliano used money investors put into a supposed charity, Helping Hearts and Hands Inc., to support himself, his associates and his businesses, including one called Celebrity Limo and Valet Corp.

His defense attorney told the judge Sivigliano has significant health issues and “any term of incarceration ... is tantamount to a life sentence.”

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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