A Suffolk County con man was sentenced Monday to 3½ to seven years in prison for a scam that cost a retired Suffolk County school teacher $25,000.
Angel Maldonado, 39, was sentenced for third-degree grand larceny. A jury convicted him of conning the retired teacher into believing a fictitious Buffalo lawyer named “Magic Mike” could get her son freed from prison. The elderly victim mailed $25,000 in money orders in 2010.
Maldonado was imprisoned in Cayuga Correctional Facility at the time of the scam, according to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office.
“There is nothing to lead me to sentence you to anything other than the maximum sentence,” said State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia.
Maldonado noticed the victim visiting her jailed son, and he got her address and phone number. After the retired teacher sent money to an address in Buffalo, she contacted Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.
Trial prosecutor Candace K. Vogel asked the judge to order restitution as part of the sentence.
“He doesn’t agree to the restitution,” Giovanni Genovese, Maldonado’s defense lawyer, told the judge during sentencing, explaining that Maldonado said he did not receive the money.
“He was responsible for the loss of the $25,000,” Vogel countered, regardless of whether he spent the money.
The judge ordered restitution of $25,000. A civil judgment for that amount will be recorded in Erie and Suffolk counties, Vogel said.
Maldonado was previously imprisoned for convictions of scheme to defraud, grand larceny, bribing a witness and tampering with physical evidence.