Former Chicago man will immediately begin serving ten-year sentence
DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that a former Chicago man who was sentenced in absentia to ten years in the Illinois Department of Corrections has been apprehended. Angelo Pesce, 48 (d.o.b. 8/8/1965) was taken into custody by DuPage County authorities yesterday afternoon to begin serving his sentence relating to a 2005, Class 2 Theft by Deception case.
On September 11, 2006, Pesce entered a plea of guilty to bilking a female acquaintance out of more than $93,000. Pesce’s scheme began when he told his victim, a resident of Aurora, that he was a commodities trader who had recently sold his company for millions of dollars. He also stated that his assets had been frozen by the Securities and Exchange Commission and that if his victim would loan him money, he would pay her back once his assets were unfrozen. From June 1, through November 30, 2004 the woman gave Pesce a total of $93,534.93 with the assumption that she would be paid back just as Pesce had promised. Pesce never paid the woman back and on April 11, 2005 he was charged with two counts of Theft by Deception. Pesce was out on bail while his case was pending. Following his guilty plea, the Court set a sentencing date of November 13, 2006. Pesce’s sentencing, at which he was present, began and was continued to December 27, 2006. Pesce however, failed to appear at the December 27 sentencing date. An arrest warrant was issued for Pesce. The sentencing hearing continued in his absence with Judge Mark Dwyer ultimately sentencing Pesce to ten years. Pesce’s whereabouts were unknown until late last week when he was detained in Detroit, Michigan on unrelated charges.
“Mr. Pesce mistakenly thought he could avoid responsibility for his despicable actions by simply not showing up to court,” Berlin said. “He could not have been more wrong. The Aurora Police Department, along with members of my office, never gave up. They continued looking for Mr. Pesce year after year, knowing that he would ultimately be taken into custody and held responsible for his crime. I would like to thank the Aurora Police Department for their outstanding police work in this case. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Mary K. Cronin and Investigator Norman Hall for their persistence and hard work which ultimately resulted in Mr. Pesce rightfully serving the sentence he has earned.”
Pesce will be required to serve 50% of his sentence before being eligible for parole. Additionally, he faces one count of Violation of Bail Bond, a Class 3 Felony. His next court appearance on this case is scheduled for March 11, in front of Judge John Kinsella.
Members of the public are reminded that the Violation of Bail Bond complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendants’ guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.