Man Who Pleaded Guilty to a Multimillion-dollar Pawn Shop Scam is Now Being Charged With a New Crime

Devin Tribunella is in deep water once again on the day of his sentencing in federal court for his multimillion-dollar pawn business fraud.

Tribunella is accused of fleeing the scene of an accident in Rochester, according to court documents. It was Tribunella 2018 who, after crashing his Lamborghini into a fire hydrant on East Avenue and fleeing on foot, made headlines in the local media due to the high worth of the wrecked vehicle.

Tribunella’s sentencing in federal court was originally planned for last week, but it was postponed due to his ongoing legal trouble. In January of this year, he was arrested and charged with theft in Pennsylvania for allegedly taking over $6,000 in gambling winnings from a casino that he was not entitled to keep.

The charges were withdrawn after it was realized that the casino had made a mistake, but a federal court nonetheless banned Tribunella from entering casinos.

Tribunella, owner of Royal Crown Pawn & Jewelry on Greece’s Dewey Avenue at 3635, used drug users and addicts to shoplift from other businesses. Tribunella would make a profit by purchasing the goods at deep discounts and then reselling them on websites like eBay and Amazon.

Prosecutors claim he made $3.2 million between January 1, 2017, and September 16, 2019. The charges of wire fraud against him have resulted in a guilty plea from him.

Man Who Pleaded Guilty to a Multimillion-dollar Pawn Shop Scam is Now Being Charged With a New Crime

The nature of the latest accusation leveled toward Tribunella was not immediately clear. He is expected to appear in City Court on Oct. 10 to be arraigned on the offense. According to Tribunella’s booking information, she is now being detained on charges of fleeing the scene of an accident involving property damage. On September 22nd, he was taken into custody and charged with this.

Tribunella is in jail because he is accused of violating the terms of his federal probation, which he was placed on prior to his sentencing.

Tribunella’s attorney, James Doyle, wrote to U.S. District Judge Charles Siragusa requesting a postponement of punishment based on the pending municipal allegation. After Tribunella was summoned to appear in City Court on the charge but failed to do so, a bench warrant was issued for his arrest, as stated in the letter.

Doyle said in a letter to Tribunella that she had not received a notification and that the most recent accusation was one “implicating but not alleging an alcohol-related occurrence.”

The sentencing hearing for Tribunella has been set on December 6 in federal court.

As part of his plea deal, he agreed to plead guilty to federal charges and faces a sentence of 46–57 months in federal prison. However, Siragusa is excused from compliance with these regulations.

Tribunella forfeited four cars (a 2008 Lamborghini, a 2014 Mercedes-Benz, a 2014 Rolls Royce, and a 2015 Porsche 911) and two PayPal accounts totaling approximately $150,000 as part of his guilty plea.

As part of the forfeiture deal, the government demanded a payment of $1.6 million.

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