Convicted swindler Alfredo Sararo has again accused the government of misconduct in how it used a key witness, a retired Allegheny County judge, to prosecute him for ripping off wealthy Pittsburghers in bogus South Florida real estate deals.
In a new appellate filing with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the former Monroeville tennis star said the government showed “callous disregard” for his rights in allowing “perjured testimony” by former Judge Robert Horgos.
Mr. Horgos testified against his former friend under a grant of immunity in 2012.
Mr. Sararo received a nine-year prison term but has appealed his conviction as unjust because of the deal Mr. Horgos struck with the U.S. attorney’s office.
Mr. Sararo said Mr. Horgos lied repeatedly on the stand and that assistant U.S. attorney Brendan Conway knew he was lying, thereby denying him a fair trial.
Mr. Conway described Mr. Sararo as a con man who used his friendship with Mr. Horgos to entice the judge and his friends into giving him money for fake property deals.
But Mr. Sararo has long maintained that Mr. Horgos downplayed his own role in misleading investors, saying the judge was never a victim and should not have been granted immunity.