• Aug 17th 2012 at 12:00PM
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Michael Scarpaci has become an excellent car salesman (... Michael Scarpaci has become an excellent car salesman (Credit: New York Daily News).
Michael Scarpaci, a reputed Gambino associate who is about to begin a 25-month sentence after being convicted of a $20 million securities scam, has reinvented himself as quite the successful car salesman. And he's hoping that his newfound skill will help to keep him out of prison, according to the New York Daily News.

Scarpaci has been working at a Long Island Infiniti dealership and his boss, David Fine, does not want to see him go, as the business has been seeing record sales. Fine has recently been lobbying to allow Scarpaci to remain on the payroll until the end of the year.

"If allowed to remain with us until the end of the year it will give us ample opportunity to finish well above our factory objectives for 2012," Fine wrote in a letter to Federal Judge Jack Weinstein. "He has had a tremendous impact on our organization."

Scarpaci has already been granted two adjournments. The U.S. Attorney's Office thinks it is well past the time for him to go to prison, but Scarpaci says that he is simply trying to support his wife and kids.

"With my wife going back to work, my children starting school and me going off to handle this situation, it's a lot for my family to swallow," he told the Daily News.

According to Scarpaci, his clients at Infiniti of Manhasset don't know about his criminal past and he has been actively trying to erase that part of his life from the Internet.

"It's so embarrassing for my career," he said.

He said that customers find it easy to trust him, which is unsurprising, as that was his specialty when tricking his unsuspecting victims back in his mobster days. Prosecutors say he was in charge of a huge scam that duped more than 1,000 investors into thinking they were putting money into a fake Wall Street investment company.

Scarpaci sold cars at a Nissan dealership before getting busted for fraud. Apparently, he was quite successful there, too, earning between $250,000 and $300,000 in 2009, according to court papers.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      At least he is working & not living off the state like so many others...The system should give him a punishment of remaining at his job but having to have an ankle moniter & curfew and do some sort of community service..he'd probably be an awesome speaker & can maybe make a difference in some of the youth of today that are going through hard times. If his management is willing to keep him & they have had a great sales year why not with all the business loss & layoff's. I will pray for good things to happen for him in his life! wehave suffered from here in the USA...
        • 3 Years Ago
        Your argument makes way too much sense so it probably won't happen.
      • 3 Years Ago
      send his ass to jail!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Being a used car salesman and working for a STEALERSHIP is not the most honest job around but i vote to give the guy a break maybe he is doing his best.. Some people do change and most of us needs a car. I am not saying the infinity dealer he is working for is bad i don't know them but as everyone knows 99% of car STEALERSHIPS are CROOKS.
      • 3 Years Ago
      thats not the way it works bucko - its after the fact
      • 3 Years Ago
      Once again the AOL/Huffpuffers not being able to write an article. Free math lesson...there a great difference between 25 months and 25 years.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This guy is an embarrassment to the people in this industry that work hard and are honest., and if his boss doesn't understand this he should be in the cell next to him.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Just because he made a mistake in the past, does not mean that he didnt have a job, he has worked in this business for maybe more than 10 years. I guess you never forgive anyone for anything? I'd hate to know you.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't get it where are the 20 mill and he worrying about Bills his family might have to pay for the next 15 to 20 months plus 6 to 12 months of half way house, and to be place in a Low security prison [ federal prison Camp ] Easy time playing Tennis,and Bachie,Piece of Cake . the only one left crying are the greedy ones that gave him their hard earn money ,Anyway after he get out in the next 1 yr plus change,He will be a lot smarter crimnal with a GED, mandatory in federal prison {BOP],Next time pick a crime that carry low guild line months and you won't need an attorney, just get a public pretender and save yourself any attorney fee,give to your family, good luck and enjoy your stay at Club Fed with Buffet for Lunch.
      • 3 Years Ago
      What's the difference between a car salesman and a mobster? A shirt and tie.
      • 3 Years Ago
      25 months for $20 mil i'd have to say he has gotten more than a few breaks.
      • 3 Years Ago
      How do you think is buying all these cars from this guy. Can you say the Gambino MOB. Yes it is the Mob that is buying cars from this guy trying to make sure he does not give any of them up for a shorter sentance. It is insane that a judge most likely on the Gambino pay roll keeps putting off arresting him and making him serve his time. Just think of the deals you can get your mob buddies even before he was convicted. Corrupt and bought off judges have been around for as long as mobs have been around, and anybody can be bought. Just take a look at our congress and senators, they are all bought off buy large corporations.
        • 3 Years Ago
        so, let me get this straight, the Gambino family figures to buy cars from this guy to keep him out of jail and that he keeps his mouth shut?, and almost all judges are on the gambino payroll?, wow your incredibly knowledgable in this matter, are you a Gambino family member too?
          • 3 Years Ago
          No, It's Long Island. The Gambinos have been a "prominent" family there for many years. Let's just say they have a lot of pull about what goes on there.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The owner of the dealership should pay back the 1000 people that were scam by mr.Scarpaci if he wants him to stay out of jail. But the onwer doesn't care about them
      • 3 Years Ago
      relatives taking care of relatives
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