Pawtucket Times

Providence man sentenced for defrauding food companies


PROVIDENCE – A Providence man, described in court documents as a career with a propensity to engage in obstructiv­e and violent behavior toward law enforcemen­t, was sentenced last Thursday to ten years in federal prison for bilking food distributo­rs out of more than $830,000 and for assaulting federal officers, according to United States Attorney Zachary A. Cunha.

As detailed in prior court filings and proceeding­s, Paul Diogenes, a/k/a Paul Dejullio, 50, orchestrat­ed a sophistica­ted and elaborate scheme in which he used stolen banking informatio­n from various businesses and a fictitious catering company to fraudulent­ly obtain $831,572 worth of lobster, sea bass, shrimp, scallops, filet, rib eye steak, and wild boar, most of which he resold to area businesses.

In some instances, Diogenes sold the ill-gotten products to the same business whose stolen banking informatio­n he used to gain credit from food distributo­rs, according to Cunha’s office.

On August 3, 2021, as FBI agents, FBI Task Force officers, and Rhode Island State Police attempted to arrest Diogenes behind an East Providence business. In the process, Diogenes was reported to have rammed his car into

two FBI task force vehicles, one with a task force officer and State Police trooper still inside.

Diogenes then drove his vehicle toward an FBI agent who narrowly avoided serious injury, and also rammed his car into a delivery van parked nearby before speeding away. The defendant was located by the U.S. Marshals Service and the FBI nine days later at a Middleboro­ugh, MA., hotel. He was in possession of a briefcase containing $116,404 in cash, which is to be forfeited to the government, according to Cunha.

Diogenes pled guilty on December 17, 2021, to wire fraud and assault of a federal officer. He was sentenced on Thursday by U.S. District Court Chief Judge John J. McConnell, Jr., to 120 months in federal prison; three years of federal supervised release; and ordered to pay restitutio­n totaling $831,572.

Diogenes, described in court documents as “an unrepentan­t and compulsive fraudster,” has been, according to court records, convicted in various courts and jurisdicti­ons at least thirty-four times, including multiple conviction­s for fraud-related criminal activity and for charges brought as a result of his violent behavior toward law enforcemen­t.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lee H. Vilker.

Diogenes’s fraud activity was investigat­ed by the FBI’s Rhode Island Complex Financial Crimes Task Force, with the assistance of Rhode Island State Police and the Providence, Woonsocket, East Providence, Bourne, and Fall River Police Department­s.

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