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Former Pain Foundation Founder and CEO Who Embezzled $1.5 Million Sentenced to Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that PAUL GILENO, 47, of Brewster, New York, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden in Bridgeport to 12 months and one day of imprisonment, followed by two years of supervised release, for embezzling approximately $1.5 million from a Connecticut nonprofit organization, and for failing to pay federal income taxes.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Gileno was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the United States Pain Foundation, a Middletown-based nonprofit organization designed to find support and resources for individuals with pain issues.  Between approximately 2015 and 2017, Gileno embezzled more than $1.5 million from the foundation.  He also failed to pay more than $532,943 in federal income taxes on the embezzled income, and other income, for the 2015 through 2017 tax years.

Gileno is required to pay full restitution to both the United States Pain Foundation and the Internal Revenue Service, as well as tax penalties and interest.

On June 17, 2019, Gileno pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of tax evasion. 

Gileno, who is released on bond, was ordered to report to prison on January 6, 2020.

This matter was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas P. Morabito.

Updated October 29, 2019

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