Former Loan Broker Sentenced for Defrauding Small Businesses
BOSTON – A Saugus loan broker was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for operating a scheme that defrauded small businesses from across the country in connection with their efforts to obtain business loans.
Joseph L. Angelo Jr., 59, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV to 40 months in prison, three months of supervised release and ordered to pay restitution of $1.1 million. In September 2017, Angelo Jr. pleaded guilty to 11 counts of wire fraud.
From November 2011 to March 2015, Angelo defrauded 10 small business owners of more than $1 million by representing that his companies – Lease One Corp. and Palmtree Finance & Funding LLC – were brokers for obtaining loans for small businesses. Angelo required the customers to deliver to him what he said were fully refundable deposits, aggregating over $1.1 million for loans that he said had been approved and would be funded within a few days. In fact, none of the loans had been approved, and there were no funds available. When the small business owners complained about delays in receiving funds, Angelo promised that their deposits would be refunded, but he did not refund any of the deposits or secure funding for any of the requested loans.
United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division, made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Victor A. Wild of Lelling’s Economic Crimes Unit prosecuted the case.