Rob Lopicola to plead guilty to fraud
Former WPTV-Channel 5 weatherman Rob Lopicola was scheduled to plead guilty to federal fraud charges last week in a federal court.
The hearing, however, was postponed to April 9 because of spring break vacations in the judiciary.
On that day the 44-year-old Lopicola, who was facing 20 years in a prison if he went to trial, is still expected to tell a judge that he conspired with others to defraud hundreds of owners of vacation timeshares to the tune of $14.5 million!
It’s yet another Gossip Extra exclusive: Lopicola, who’s serving a 56-month sentence for sex with underage boys, was transferred from his Miami area prison to a federal jail in East St. Louis, Ill., to stand trial.
The former hurricane specialist is accused of making calls to timeshare owners for a telemarketing scam based in West Palm Beach and Illinois.
The indictment shows Lopicola, who was fired by WPTV in 2008 after his taste for young men boiled to the surface, called timeshare owners throughout North America through most of 2009 and asked them for $1,000 each to handle sales that didn’t exist.
The company allegedly victimized 7,000 would-be sellers in the United States, Canada and The Bahamas for more than $14.5 million.
Lopicola is likely to start serving the sentence for his guilty plea after he’s done with the Florida sex conviction, sometime in November 2016.
Courtesy of Gossip Extra