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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Repeat Offender Pleads Guilty To Defrauding A Church And Other Victims

Tampa, Florida –Victor Thomas Clavizzao (56, St. Petersburg) has pleaded guilty to wire fraud. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to the plea agreement, Clavizzao, going by the name of “Victor Thomas,” opened a series of companies, and represented to others, including a local church, that he had the ability to help them conduct real estate transactions. Clavizzao convinced the church, which was seeking to construct a new building, to give him money. The church members believed that the money they gave to Clavizzao would be used to secure financing and to handle issues related to their construction project. Instead of aiding the church, Clavizzao used $16,350 of the church’s funds for his personal benefit.

When Clavizzao began his scheme, he was on federal supervised release for another real-estate-related fraud conviction.

This case was investigated by the FBI. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas N. Palermo.

Financial Fraud
Updated July 25, 2018