AUBURN — A Seneca Falls man was sentenced to five years of probation for stealing about $175,000 from his Auburn relatives.
From June 2015 to May 2016, Raymond Tortorello Jr., 30, used his grandfather's identity to take out more than $130,000 worth of cash and loans. He also used his grandmother's identity to get a $30,000 car loan. He also withdrew additional cash.
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Tortorello pleaded guilty to four counts of first-degree identity theft, class D felonies, last August. At that time, Tortorello's defense attorney, David Elkovitch, said Tortorello faced and pleaded guilty to similar charges in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
"It's kinda like he went on a spree in different states all at the same time," Elkovitch said in Cayuga County Court Thursday.
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"I take full responsibility for my actions, it was wrong ... I shouldn't have done it," said Tortorello, who resides at 312 Gravel Road, Seneca Falls, on Thursday.
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Cayuga County District Attorney Jon E. Budelmann said Tortorello's grandparents said in a victim impact statement that they "suffered a broken heart" due to the crime.
"Identity theft in any form is really a tragic crime," Judge Thomas Leone said, adding that taking advantage of one's own grandparents was "despicable."
Tortorello was sentenced to the agreed-upon sentence of 5 years probation and ordered to pay about $1,500 in restitution, which may be subject to change within the next 60 days.