Adriano Sotomayor, 54, of Margate, New Jersey, was captured today in Las Vegas, Nevada, by the FBI Fugitive Squad. He has been a fugitive since November 16, one day after he was charged with 13 counts of wire fraud. The indictment alleges that defendant Sotomayor defrauded members of the Dominican Sisters of the Rosary of Fatima and others between May 2009 and June 2011.
The defendant allegedly tricked an elderly nun to believe that she had been left $2.1 million in a will. The defendant then allegedly induced the elderly nun to begin sending money to him to pay taxes, processing fees, and various legal fees associated with the fictitious will. He then went on to target other victims in Levittown and Philadelphia who initially sent money to the defendant on the elderly nun’s behalf.
According to the indictment, the defendant caused at least 24 victims to send a total of at least $439,153 from Pennsylvania and elsewhere to him in New Jersey over a two year period.