Martin Sigillito, Convicted Ponzi Schemer, Will Be Sentenced Today through Friday

Federal judge Linda Reade has set aside three whole days -- today, Thursday and Friday -- for the sentencing of Martin Sigillito, a Clayton lawyer and American-Anglican bishop convicted by a jury last April for masterminding a $52 million fraud that fleeced the wealthy and working class alike.

It was the biggest Ponzi scheme in St. Louis history, the feds have said.

A three-day sentencing is "rare," said one former assistant U.S. attorney who declined to be named, adding that it "may reflect significant disagreement over the loss amount."

What's more, a little birdie told Daily RFT yesterday that federal prosecutors are going to ask for a life sentence for the 63-year-old Sigillito. 
We also hear that about a half-dozen victims will walk up to the podium and read impact statements. 

We couldn't confirm whether Mary O'Sullivan will do so. She's a secretary at the elite St. Louis Racquet Club in the Central West End, where Sigillito was a member and solicited several victims. She has one of the worst stories.

As we reported when we broke this story in August 2010, O'Sullivan:
lost both her brother and his wife to cancer in two years' time. Combining their life-insurance payouts with other family funds, she entrusted $900,000 to Sigillito. The hope was that it would grow and help her raise her two young orphaned nephews, who had come under her care.
She lost all of it when Sigillito's "British Lending Program" collapsed.

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Bishop Martin Sigillito
This is all part of the criminal case, by the way. A separate civil case is proceeding apace, according to Ohio-based attorney Sebastian Rucci. He says he's representing 105 out of roughly 140 total victims in a lawsuit aimed at Sigillito, his former associate J. Scott Brown (already sentenced) and other parties, including local businessman Paul Vogel and Enterprise Bank.

"Other banks and professionals made money off Sigillito's scheme," Rucci says, "and but for them, he couldn't have pulled it off."

Sigillito's sentencing begins today in courtroom 3N at the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse downtown.

See our Bishop Sigillito archives here.

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So what has happened? I keep looking and see no sentencing...



Don't take money from the wealthy in St. Louis! The US Attorney's Office will put you in prison for LIFE! 


However, if you try to kill someone with a bomb and critically injure another - you will only get 20. If you're the getaway driver - 3 years probation. 


 @Your_Momma It wasn't just the Racquet Clubbers who got screwed; there were a lot of modest folks in the Midwest who lost $$$ in this. But I get your point. It's hard for me to fathom how Darain Atkinson can serve eight years for stealing $100 million, but a small-time burglar can serve more than that. Doesn't make sense to me. 

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