A Georgia man convicted of deliberately concealing his knowledge of felony crimes committed by two Oklahoma residents was sentenced Monday to two years probation and ordered to pay $147,004 in restitution by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Acara in Buffalo.
The specific charge on which Wilfredo Sanio, 53, was convicted is misprision of a felony.
Sanio concealed fraudulent activities by Ann Nichols and Donnie Heilig, both of Oklahoma, according to prosecutors. They used a business entity known as CED Computer Services to fraudulently obtain loans for clients in the form of equipment “leases.”
Sanio, prosecutors said, knew that Heilig and Nichols falsely advised lease finance companies that CED was selling new equipment to clients and prepared fraudulent invoices for new equipment when, in fact, either no equipment or inferior equipment was actually being provided by CED.
After receiving funding from the finance companies, Nichols would give a commission to herself and also Heilig and Sanio from the lease proceeds.