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Ianne Gets 3 Years Probation

Pueblo restaurateur Tony Ianne was sentenced to three years of probation this morning, bringing an end to a sprawling mortgage fraud case in which he was indicted on 72 felony charges.

Ianne, 50, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit a computer crime in exchange for the dismissal of the other mortgage fraud counts and two separate cases involving witness intimidation.

Ianne relied on his deep roots in the Pueblo community, marshaling a cast of community leaders to speak on his behalf.

They included City Council President Ray Aguilera, Little Caesars Pizza franchisee Dave Feamster and Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce President Rod Slyhoff.

Everyone who spoke mentioned Ianne’s commitment to community organizations in Pueblo, including his donation of time and food to numerous community events.

The speakers also highlighted Ianne’s work with Alcoholics Anonymous and several members of his AA group spoke on his behalf as well.

While his defense focused on Ianne’s charitable contributions to the community, Deputy District Attorney Steve Jones said that through his experience prosecuting the case he came to know a different side of Ianne.

Jones noted that Ianne’s conviction didn’t come as a result of a mistake, but from a concerted effort to manipulate a lax mortgage industry and line his own pockets.

Jones characterized the case as a lost opportunity because Ianne was investing in properties in distressed neighborhoods. But he chose to follow the path of greed and avarice rather than helping improve those homes and neighborhoods.

District Judge David Crockenberg said that imposing a jail or prison sentence on Ianne would not serve the interests of the community, his employees or the people who rely on his 12-step group.

However, Crockenberg imposed additional conditions of Ianne’s probation that he refrain from any real estate transactions, disclose his conviction when entering into any other business dealings and make his financial information available to the probation department.

  • OMG…….This is just to much information overload. It’s all over the net and no one has pieced it all together yet. It’s easy information to find, just use combination’s of these search terms: Anthony Ianne ,Tony Ianne, Rosario’s Inc., Colorado Mortgage, Pueblo District Court, kickbacks, tampering, forgery……..

    You will find he was juggling 19 properties, getting kickbacks, grand jury tampering, electronic fraud, fake w-2’s, forgery, etc……….(too many to list). There are so many people involved it is ridiculous, but I would be willing to bet the majority of them he met through AA.

    And just who came to his rescue and made him look like an angle?

  • Ooops…. angel….

  • AndrewWS

    I suppose this is what you can expect of “close-knit communities” in which people (particularly the ones with money) can have “deep roots” and get others to speak up for them.

    As for AA’s part in this …. anonymity? What anonymity?

  • hulahoop

    Wow! I am now convinced I can go out and do anything…rape, rob, murder, steal, molest children, sell my mother’s soul, commit terrorist acts, whatever…and totally get some leniency based on the fact I belong to AA. Actually I am not an AA member, but you can bet your ass I would be if I had legal problems. Yep…I would be a proud AA step working, sponsored by the person with most years of sobriety, coffee serving, ashtray emptying, chair shoving, chain smoking, coffee drinking, card carrying member if I ever found myself on the wrong side of the law. In fact, I wouldn’t even go home after being sprung from jail first…I would stop at an AA meeting pronto. I would give them a drunkalogue that would bring the even the most hardcore stepper to tears.

    I wonder how many others have already employed this trick? And mostly I wonder who has been fooled by it.

  • AnnaZed

    I made a fairly innocuous comment about AA membership and the likelihood that the judge, people who profited from Ianne’s scams and possibly jury members as well should be asked if they are AA members here: http://www.chieftain.com/ianne-gets-three-years-probation/article_ec687832-87b9-11e0-903a-001cc4c03286.html?success=1 It was removed.

  • humanspirit

    @AnnaZed

    Is there any way of contacting the moderators of that thread and asking them why?

  • (Hint on how to find out if there is a connection) If the published sobriety dates are available for a know subgroup in the area, search for common first names and last initials of the people you believe are associated with this scam (Note: names such as Anthony may be stated as Tony, etc….) . You then have nice little subgroup containing possible matches and sobriety dates. Do a search by zip code on the area for First names and last initials, this is your control group (i.e. how many Tony R or Anthony R are there in the zip code subgroup).

  • AnnaZed

    Yeah humanspirt, I’m trying to muster the energy to do so. I didn’t even bother to copy my post as I often do because there is a lot of criticism of The DA and others on that thread, so I thought it was no big deal.

    Wrong again, the iron fist in the iron glove = AA and the American press.

  • Jonny Quest

    @hulahoop:

    More than one has used this trick. I heard one drunkalogue from a guy who was the CFO for a company and was fleecing it for money, and not just once, either. He got sent to “treatment” instead of jail because the disease made him do it, and he claimed as much also.

  • Well it would appear that Pueblo Colorado keeps a rather extensive archive of its members in standardized interview form. The most interesting part of the interview that they keep is:

    “AA is well known to and supported by police officers, judges, and corrections officials. What kind of relationship did AA in your area have with local authorities? Has this changed since you sobered up?”

    I wonder what the accused put on thier forms? AA has no legal standing for Anonymity. They have a rather intricate process to gather and preserve this information.

    http://www.coloradoaa.org/archives.htm

  • By the way, I just thought I’d also mention that they tape the interview and store it digitally. I have never heard of this before, has anyone else?

  • AnnaZed

    @JR Harris: I have never seen anything like that before.

  • Yeah, I have never heard of them tape recording the drunkalog of a long timer either. Kind of weird. I wonder if they make CD’s of different people and listen to them on the way to meetings?

  • AnnaZed

    I have certainly heard of and accessed recordings of AA “speakers” (so to speak). Some of those guys really make a life’s work out of touring with these acts. Not a paying life’s work per se, but a platform for self aggrandizement and self-mythologizing that really works for some of these guys.

    This place just seems really small and really, really self-important. God, I feel sorry for any poor soul who tries to straighten themselves out when they have an alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence problem and stumbles into the halls of this cult. It is one of the things that online discussion of AA often overlooks. You have on the one hand semi-flexible cosmopolitan environments where people can feel relatively comfortable being slightly deviant from AA doctrine, but head to the hills (literally in this case) and you find these throw-backs to what are pretty much 18th century (you read that right) ideas about sin, salvation and redemption narratives. That’s the real AA.