A Bronx man who pretended to be an attorney and swindled Nassau residents out of thousands of dollars has been sentenced 1 to 3 years in prison, the Nassau County District Attorney's office said Thursday.
Mario Tolisano, 65, pleaded guilty on June 25 to third-degree grand larceny and was sentenced Thursday by District Court Judge Susan Kluewer, according to acting District Attorney Madeline Singas.
Prosecutors said that in January 2012 and in September 2013, Tolisano pretended to be a licensed attorney and contracted with two Nassau County residents to help them get loan modifications. One of the victims, a woman from New Hyde Park, signed a contract with Tolisano in January 2012 and paid him $3,000. Then in June 2013, Tolisano told her to pay him $20,000 so he could pay her real estate taxes, assuring her that the money would be placed in his escrow account and used to pay her taxes within six weeks.
In January 2014, she learned the taxes were never paid by Tolisano, prosecutors said.
In September 2013, Singas' office said a Valley Stream woman retained Tolisano and paid him $2,500 for his supposed legal services. In March 2014, she got a letter from her bank saying that Tolisano had never contacted her bank to negotiate a loan modification.
Tolisano was arrested June 23 by Nassau County police.