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Former Insurance Agent Gets 10 Years for Senior Scam

15 Jan Former Insurance Agent Gets 10 Years for Senior Scam

Santa Barbara Independent

White-collar criminal Joseph Anthony Florendo Mele, 31, of Ventura, was sentenced this week to 10 years in state prison on convictions related to taking financial advantage of two senior women while he worked as an insurance agent in Ventura.

Mele had pleaded no contest on November 12, 2015, to multiple charges of financial elder abuse, as well as grand theft, embezzlement, money laundering, and filing false tax returns. His annuity scam totaled $2 million and spanned seven years, according to a California Department of Insurance press release. He was sentenced Thursday in Santa Barbara Superior Court by Judge Clifford Anderson to seven felony counts and two sentencing enhancements — the first a 3-year enhancement for repeated “white collar crime;” the second a two-year general enhancement for theft over $200,000, said prosecutor Deputy District Attorney Gary Gemberling. Mele was immediately placed into custody following his sentence.

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