Serial con man admits ripping off luxury retailers from prison cell

From Miami Herald, “Sabatino, who has been in and out of jail his entire adult life, pleaded guilty yet again in Miami federal court on Friday, this time for using cellphones purchased from corrections officers to run a racket that involved duping luxury retailers and fencing high-priced goods through pawn shops.

The store owners were led to believe that their fancy jewels, watches and handbags would be loaned for placement in music videos shot in Miami.

Sabatino is a legendary Miami con artist whose past crimes have included posing as a music executive while running up hundreds of thousands in unpaid tabs at Miami resorts and pretending to be an entertainment mogul to acquire hundreds of free Super Bowl tickets.

For his latest score, Sabatino faces up to 20 years on the racketeering conspiracy charge and imprisonment at the notorious maximum security facility in Florence, Colorado.”

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