A former Westchester County, N.Y., real estate lawyer who defrauded banks and clients of more than $24 million was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison.
Anthony Bellettieri was sentenced in federal court in White Plains, N.Y., where he had pleaded guilty to fraud charges in February. Bellettieri siphoned $22 million from funds held in escrow by his now-defunct firm, Bellettieri, Fonte & Laudonio, concealing his thefts via a check-kiting scheme that transferred the losses to the bank where the firm’s accounts were held.
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