CINCINNATI – A disbarred Canadian attorney was sentenced to 60 months in prison for attempting to defraud a local bank of more than $1.3 million by posing as someone who had died 20 years earlier.
The sentence of L. Gino Boggia, 63, of Quebec, Canada was announced Wednesday by Chief U.S. District Judge Susan Dlott.
According to court documents, Boggia engaged in two related fraud schemes in southern Ohio. In both cases he attempted to "fraudulently acquire funds of dormant, unclaimed bank accounts that have been turned over to the state of Ohio by financial institutions," according to information from the the office of United States Attorney Carter M. Stewart.
In the first scheme, in May 2003, Boggia falsely claimed to represent the account holder who was hospital-bound and in urgent need of surgery with life-threatening injuries, according to Stewart's office. The U.S. attorney says further investigation found that the client Boggia claimed to represent had died 20 years earlier.
In the second scheme Boggia, "falsely claimed to represent a creditor of the account holder (the deceased person) who was seeking to obtain a judgment against the account holder," according to the report from Stewart's office.
In both cases the attempted fraud was discovered before any funds were paid out.
Court documents show Boggia was attempting to defraud the bank out of $1,310, 670.06. The total includes the amount the "dormant funds plus claimed accrued interest over several years," according to Stewart.
Boggia was indicted in Cincinnati in 2007 and was extradited from Canada earlier this year following completion of a sentence there on similar charges.
He pleaded guilty in June 2013 to one count of bank fraud. Boggia was also sentenced to 12 months in prison for violating his supervised release imposed after his prior federal conviction on similar charges in California. The sentences will run concurrently.
Boggia was also ordered to pay restitution of $247,159.25.