Sentencing hearing continues in Florida fraud case

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A marathon sentencing hearing for a former Monroeville man convicted of defrauding 14 wealthy Pittsburghers in a series of South Florida real estate scams ended Friday without a ruling and will extend into a third day Monday in a Fort Myers courtroom.

U.S. District Judge John Steele heard testimony all day Thursday and part of Friday in the case of Alfredo Sararo, 42, of North Naples, a former tennis teaching pro and ex-Allegheny County probation officer convicted this summer on multiple fraud counts.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brendan Conway, a prosecutor from the U.S. attorney's office in Pittsburgh, told the judge that Mr. Sararo "absolutely hoodwinked" his good friend, retired Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Robert Horgos, into enticing his friends and associates in Pittsburgh into investing in bogus Gulf Coast property deals through Mr. Sararo.

Mr. Horgos, who had been under investigation for years along with Mr. Sararo, received a grant of immunity and testified against Mr. Sararo.

Mr. Conway wants Judge Steele to give Mr. Sararo the maximum 27 years in prison, describing him as a con man who victimized nearly everyone he ran across.

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