Joseph John Viola, who goes by the name Giuseppe Viola, has been sentenced
to 36 years in prison for
Arizona investment fraud.The charges were filed in 1990, but Viola allegedly fled to Italy at that
time in order to avoid going to trial. This sentence comes in addition
to accusations from the U.S. attorney's office in San Francisco that
Viola also led a 12-year North Beach
Ponzi scheme starting in 1992; just two years after the Arizona scam charges were filed.
The sentencing agreement from Arizona states that Viola claimed to be working
for the Yuban Coffee Trust for the Yuban Coffee Family, which does not
exist. In North Beach, Viola allegedly took millions from trusting investors.
He apparently became well known in the neighborhood and found his victims
through bakeries and coffee shops.
Viola was arrested in California in March, and sent to Arizona to face
the initial charges. Now that he has been sentenced in that case, he is
expected to be extradited back to California to stand trial for the newer charges.
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