Bangor, Maine: United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Gregory Violette, 64, was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court by Judge George Z. Singal to 27 months in prison for violating the terms of his supervised release. The defendant pleaded guilty to the violations yesterday.
According to court records, following his federal fraud and money laundering convictions in 2002, the defendant was ordered to pay over $400,000 in restitution and placed on supervised release that prohibited him from, among other things, obtaining new credit without his probation officer’s permission or violating federal law, and that required him to, among other things, work in a lawful occupation and report any financial gains and apply them to restitution. In fact, the defendant, sought a $150,000 mortgage without permission, failed to report thousands of dollars of assets and a $10,000 lawsuit settlement and violated state securities laws.
At sentencing, Judge Singal described the defendant’s “long series of deliberate falsehoods” and “catch me if you can” fraud schemes as “the most egregious case of deliberate violation of court orders” and “callousness to the rules of our society” that he had encountered in almost 20 years as a federal judge.
The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Probation Office and the Office of Securities, Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation.
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