Michael Sabo

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Michael Sabo (born 1930) is an American consultant and speaker on identity theft and fraud in the business and personal sectors. He is Executive Director of Prison Consultants of America, a resource for individuals charged with white-collar crime.[1] Sabo was a longtime con artist and forger who gave up his life of crime after being released from prison in 2009.[2]

Sabo grew up in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, where he played high school football. He also earned credit toward a college degree while in the U.S. Army.[2]

Before his reformation, Sabo was best known for his history as a check, stocks and bonds forger, a master impostor, and as an escaped fugitive from federal custody. He became notorious in the 1970s and throughout the 1980s for successfully forging bank and government checks, as well as the forgery of stock and bond certificates.[2]

By 1992, Sabo had been convicted of bank fraud, forgery of stocks and bonds, grand larceny, and identity theft, both in federal and state courts.[3]

In 2009, Sabo was sentenced to a year in prison for impersonating an official from the Internal Revenue Service from 2004–2005.[4] Sabo owed approximately $95,000 in federal income tax from 1994–1998, and the IRS placed tax liens on his property to force repayment. He fraudulently signed releases on the liens by pretending to be an IRS agent.[5]

He has served a total of 14 years in federal and state prisons. He also had extensive plastic surgery performed while he was a fugitive.[2]

Sabo resides in Louisville, Kentucky.[2]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Zoukis, Christopher (January 6, 2013). "Prison Consultants". AND Magazine. Retrieved November 28, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Demare, Carol (November 25, 2010). "Now he wants to fight crime". Times Union. Retrieved November 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ DeMare, Carol (May 27, 1992). "Con Man Gets 2 Years For Ripping Off Merchants". Times Union. http://archives.timesunion.com/mweb/wmsql.wm.request?oneimage&imageid=5640819. Retrieved January 28, 2010.
  4. ^ "Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, Semiannual Report to Congress, October 1, 2008 - March 30, 2009". ustreas.gov. Retrieved November 7, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Real Estate Broker Gets Prison For Tax Evasion". Fox 5 News. January 9, 2009. Archived from the original on January 15, 2010. Retrieved November 28, 2013. 

Sabo was of Hungarian origin. The word "szabó" means taylor and is a quite common family name.