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Former Malibu Media attorney Paul Nicoletti found guilty on four counts of bank fraud

NicolettiFormer attorney Paul Nicoletti

Today, after deliberating for about 1.5 hours, a Detroit jury found a former porn copyright troll Paul Nicoletti (X-Art / Malibu Media) guilty on four counts of bank fraud. This prosecution was not related to Nicoletti’s porn trolling activity, although these events were not surprising: copyright trolling attracts all kinds of shady people.

Nicoletti was indicted in June 2015. After that, in what appears to be attempts to game the system, he managed to secure a delay after delay: I lost the count of judge’s orders to postpone trial and how many public defenders Nicoletti fired to buy more time.

I covered the indictment and subsequent events until I stopped about a year ago. If you are curious, you can fill the gaps by looking at the docket: you’ll find some interesting documents there (e.g., this one).

In this case the proverbial wheels of justice have been grinding particularly slow.

The sentencing was set to 9/24/2019.

Updates

6/4/2019

On 5/29/2019, the Michigan Disciplinary board automatically suspended Nicoletti’s law license. In the meantime, Nicoletti stays defiant and plans to file a Rule 29(c) Motion for a Judgment of Acquittal.

9/13/2019

The sentencing has been delayed till 12/12/2019.

11/24/2019

Reset Deadlines/Hearings as to Paul Nicoletti: Sentencing reset for 1/30/2020 at 2:00 PM before District Judge Victoria A. Roberts in Courtroom 1080. Government’s sentencing memorandum or motion due: 1/9/2020; Defendant’s sentencing memorandum or motion due: 1/16/2020. (LVer)

01/31/2020

Yesterday Paul Nicoletti was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison + 2 years of supervised release and has to pay $5.3 million in restitution.

DOJ press release
The Oakland press: Former attorney Paul Nicoletti sentenced for bogus mortgage scheme

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189 responses to ‘Former Malibu Media attorney Paul Nicoletti found guilty on four counts of bank fraud

  1. Apparently, Paul J. Nicoletti has has a plethora of defective parts; now he says he had knee surgery and needs physical therapy.

    PAUL NICOLETTI
    Register Number: 55819-039

    “The court has allowed Nicoletti to extend his BOP report date for over 18 months. He has had adequate time to prepare himself for his incarceration. Nicoletti must surrender to BOP by August 31, 2021. The BOP will evaluate Nicoletti and place him in a medical facility if necessary. “

  2. Date Filed # Docket Text
    08/27/2021 239 NOTICE of Filing a Motion Under 28 U.S.C. 2255 as to Paul Nicoletti (DPer) (Entered: 08/27/2021)
    08/27/2021 238 MOTION to vacate sentence under 28 U.S.C. 2255 by Paul Nicoletti. (DPer)
    Civil case 2:21-cv-12004-VAR opened. (Entered: 08/27/2021)
    08/27/2021 237 NOTICE of Change of Address/Contact Information by Paul Nicoletti. (DPer) (Entered: 08/27/2021)

  3. PAUL NICOLETTI
    Register Number: 55819-039
    Age: 62
    Race: White
    Sex: Male
    Located at: Morgantown FCI WV
    Release date unknown –

  4. Bit of shadenfreude. In case 0:21-cv-01979-PAM-DTS Doc 1 Hansmeier talks about how he’s been thrown in “the hole” for several months for filing a ton of inmate lawsuits.

    Amusingly he is suing the warden, which I can’t imagine will go well for him…

  5. Nicoletti’s criminal mind excels at SHADENFREUDE!

    THE PORN LAWYER TRANSFERS ASSETS TO MARY ANN, FILES BANKRUPTCY, DOESN’T PAY BILLS, BRAGS ABOUT TAKING HIS CLIENT’S ENTIRE SETTLEMENT, MANIPULATES HIS FRIENDS TO BE THE HEAVIES IN HIS SCHEME AND RUINS THEIR LIVES.

    He uses his ill-gotten gains for weddings, family cruises, and living high while all his victims suffer forever !

    • Not actually surprising. Manipulative sociopaths will do all they can to absolve themselves of responsibility and consequences. Even prior to Paul Duffy’s passing, his wife made it very clear on Facebook that the life strategy of a woman should be to marry someone rich and older, then cash out when the shorter life span of the average male runs out and retire away to some coastal home with a BFF.

      Cashing out and filing bankruptcy after living a life of luxury is hardly an unfamiliar strategy to those in copyright scams. Just look at Norman Zada of Perfect 10, after he burned through his own finances trying to bully Google and other smaller sites into submission and whiffed every single attempt – he promptly had all of Perfect 10’s assets transferred to him and filed for bankruptcy.

  6. This says a lot about all those recipients of his ill-gotten gains! ! ! !

    He did it for them!

    Honesty is the best policy.

    NO INTEGRITY NICOLETTI

  7. PAUL NICOLETTI
    Register Number: 55819-039
    Age: 62
    Race: White
    Sex: Male
    Located at: Morgantown FCI
    Release Date: 08/19/2026

  8. At his sentencing, Nicoletti stated he was working for a towing company.

    Does any one know if there is a connection with this story?

    “Former Detroit police officer charged with taking bribes amid federal corruption probe into towing practices” December 17 2021 Multiple sources.

    IT wouldn’t surprise me if Nicoletti was also involved in this. He really does make the mob look bad.

  9. https://unicourt.com/case/pc-db5-nicoletti-1105156

    Nicoletti
    Case Summary
    On 12/27/2021 Nicoletti was filed as an Other lawsuit. This case was filed in U.S. District Courts, Michigan Eastern District. The Judge overseeing this case is Denise Page Hood. The case status is Pending – Other Pending.

    Case Details
    • Case Number
    2:21-MC-51596
    • Filing Date
    12/27/2021
    • Case Status
    Pending – Other Pending
    • Case Type
    • Other
    • Court
    U.S. District Courts
    • Courthouse
    Michigan Eastern District

    Docket Entries

    12/27/2021

    View Court Documents

    Docket(#1) Notice of Disbarment from the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board for Paul Nicoletti dated 8/19/2020. (JOwe) (Entered: 12/27/2021)

    In Re Attorney

    Paul J. Nicoletti

    Attorney at Nicoletti Law PLC

    33717 Woodward Avenuesuite 433

    Birmingham, MI 48009

  10. Since Nicoletti’s case was also in the Judge Victoria Roberts court, and Nicoletti told her he was working for a towing company, did she ask Spivey if he knew Nicoletti????

    https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2022/01/19/ex-detroit-councilman-andre-spivey-sentence-city-hall-bribery-scandal/6569635001/

    Ex-Detroit councilman André Spivey gets 2-year sentence in bribery case

    The sentence by U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts capped a swift downfall for Spivey, part of the new generation of civic leaders who rose to prominence after former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in federal prison for racketeering conspiracy and other corruption crimes

    The judge faulted Spivey for “selling his soul” while accepting bribes eight times from a businessman in the towing industry.

    • his only claim to fame is taking ill-gotten gains to ruin others lives. Amazing, that anyone would associate with this crook. Tell me who your friends are, and I will tell you who you are.

  11. 11-C00718 GC WILLIAM BEAUMONT HOSPITAL V NICOLETTI NICOLETTI, PAUL THIRD PARTY PLAINTIFF $0.00 CLOSED 52-4
    12-C02639 GC NICOLETTI V LANDRY NICOLETTI, PAUL PLAINTIFF $0.00 CLOSED 52-4
    13-C00766 GC WILLIAM BEAUMONT HOSPITAL V NICOLETTI NICOLETTI, PAUL DEFENDANT $0.00 CLOSED 52-4
    13-C01589 GC NICOLETTI V STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INS CO NICOLETTI, PAUL PLAINTIFF $0.00 CLOSED 52-4
    13-C00766 GC WILLIAM BEAUMONT HOSPITAL V NICOLETTI NICOLETTI, PAUL THIRD PARTY PLAINTIFF $0.00 CLOSED 52-4
    16-C01230 GC NICOLETTI V HAVAS NICOLETTI, PAUL PLAINTIFF $0.00 CLOSED 52-4
    16-C01427 GC CORNERSTONE COMMUNITY FINANCIAL V NICOLETTI NICOLETTI, PAUL DEFENDANT $0.00 CLOSED 52-4
    21-C01691 GC MIDLAND CREDIT MANAGEMENT, INC V NICOLETTI NICOLETTI, PAUL DEFENDANT $0.00 CLOSED 52-4
    11-C00718 GC WILLIAM BEAUMONT HOSPITAL V NICOLETTI NICOLETTI, PAUL, J DEFENDANT $0.00 CLOSED 52-4
    15-C00882 GC NICOLETTI V STATE FARM MUTUAL INS CO NICOLETTI, PAUL, J PLAINTIFF $0.00 CLOSED 52-4
    15-C01623 GC WILLIAM BEAUMONT HOSPITAL V NICOLETTI NICOLETTI, PAUL, J DEFENDANT $0.00 CLOSED 52-4
    14-001304 OI CITY OF TROY V NICOLETTI NICOLETTI, PAUL, JOSEPH 1959 DEFENDANT $0.00 CLOSED 52-4
    22-C00915 GC MIDLAND CREDIT MANAGEMENT, INC V NICOLETTIE NICOLETTIE, PAUL DEFENDANT $0.00 PENDING 52-4

    14-004143 OI CITY OF TROY V NICOLETTI NICOLETTI, MARYANN, WHITE 1961 DEFENDANT $0.00 CLOSED 52-4
    14-004144 OI CITY OF TROY V NICOLETTI NICOLETTI, MARYANN, WHITE 1961 DEFENDANT $0.00 CLOSED 52-4

  12. he filed another appeal to vacate the sentence. BS !! He has nothing better to do. Happy Father’s Day in Prison – ENJOY ! ! ! !

    • I mean, if it worked for Paul Hansmeier. Except for the part where it didn’t, and Paul filed so many appeals and requests to restart his copyright trolling honeypot method that the judges finally banned him from further appeals.

  13. Order Setting Briefing Schedule on Paul Nicoletti 55819039 MORGANTOWN FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION Inmate Mail/Parcels P.O. BOX 1000 MORGANTOWN, WV 26507

    ATTEMPT AND CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT FRAUD
    (1)
    BANK FRAUD
    (2-4)

    Highest Offense Level (Opening)
    Felony

    IMPRISONMENT: 70 MONTHS, CONCURRENT
    SUPERVISED RELEASE: 24 MONTHS,
    CONCURRENT; SPECIAL ASSESSMENT: $400.00; RESTITUTION: $5,478,751,58 [AMENDED JUDGMENT]
    IMPRISONMENT: 70 Months;
    SUPERVISED RELEASE: 2 Years;
    ASSESSMENT: $400; RESTITUTION: $5,478,751.58 [AMENDED JUDGMENT]
    IMPRISONMENT: 70 Months;
    SUPERVISED RELEASE: 2 Years; SPECIAL ASSESSMENT: 400; RESTITUTION: $5,299,751.58

  14. He is still playing court. Criminal mind, no remorse.

    Only claim to fame is ripping people off and ruining lives. What a legacy for those grandkids.

    • At this point I think it’s fair to say that Nicoletti has milked the system for all it’s worth, with his legal “expertise” and network and resources to back him up.

      I’m more curious about how his ex-clients are presently faring, after Colette goofed on the William Mullins gambit. The last we heard, she claimed her business and marriage were both failing because no lawyers wanted anything to do with their case (read: represent her pro bono), and after x-art inevitably defaulted on the payment owed to their victim (following an attempt to obfuscate where the money was by having Brigham set up another corporate entity to hold onto assets, in the style of Perfect 10 no less), Colette absolutely lost her mind when the court forced the payment processor to surrender a six-figure sum to Mullins. Colette then threatened to have Mullins, his legal team, the judge and the local judicial system investigated for fraud based on the evidence she’d collected, backed up by a crack team of lawyers who “specialized” in such cases – a team who was apparently completely absent when she was trying to defend herself against the Mullins counterattack.

      It’s been six months since Leonard French’s last video, which was dissecting Colette’s sovcit-tier, threat-filled rant that she submitted as a legal document. The deafening radio silence is rather surprising – perhaps Colette finally learned to keep her yap shut, or the miracle legal team she swears exists managed to somehow talk her into stuffing her mouth.

  15. TEXT-ONLY CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE re 258 Order on Motion to Vacate (2255) as to Paul Nicoletti. Documents mailed to Paul Nicoletti 55819039 MORGANTOWN FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION Inmate Mail/Parcels P.O. BOX 1000 MORGANTOWN, WV 26507 (LVer)
    Dec 13, 2022 Main Doc¬ument Notice of Appeal
    Dec 13, 2022 Main Doc¬ument Application – other
    Dec 13, 2022 Main Doc¬ument Application – other
    Dec 13, 2022 Main Doc¬ument Certificate of Service of Notice of Appeal*

    Sidebar:
    My hair dresser is so much smarter than this dude.

    By the time she was 27, she owned her own house, her own beauty shop and her own cottage one block off of a lake. She owns everything free and clear without scamming anyone. She has 4 kids and they all have college educations.

    AND THEN THERE IS THE NICOLETTI, LOSER OF ALL TIME ! She is enjoying her life!

  16. In case anyone still reading this site is wondering how Colette and Brigham are faring… they’re not doing so great. https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2023/01/unpaid-taxes-could-destroy-porn-studio-accused-of-copyright-trolling/

    Turns out the government doesn’t like it when you try and move assets around to obfuscate the money that you owe them, and having a track record of suing the innocent despite evidence indicating otherwise isn’t helpful either.

  17. Mary Ann White Nicoletti was a principal in Continental Title which was the conduit for Paul’s fraud. She must have agreed to have all the joint assets put in her name only, and now this so-called husband is claiming he is a pauper. Why didn’t DOJ also go after her, so the assets couldn’t be shielded?

    Birds of a feather, flock together!

    260
    Dec 13, 2022
    Main Doc­ument
    Application – other

    261
    Dec 13, 2022
    Main Doc­ument
    Application – other

    262
    Dec 13, 2022
    Main Doc­ument
    Certificate of Service of Notice of Appeal*

    263
    Jan 10, 2023
    Main Doc­ument
    Appeal In Forma Pauperis

    • “Why didn’t DOJ also go after her, so the assets couldn’t be shielded?”

      It’s rare for the families of lawyers to get nailed when the lawyers misbehave, even if it’s quite clear that something fishy took place. Paul Hansmeier’s wife Padraigin Browne almost certainly helped him fudge some of the paperwork and had a hand in his ADA trolling phase, but she hasn’t come across any known consequences.

      I doubt the government would give up on that money so easily, but then if Nicoletti was worth any amount of salt, he’d have covered his ass adequately to ensure he doesn’t get absolutely nailed to the wall. More so if his wife got involved.

  18. PAUL NICOLETTI
    Register Number: 55819-039
    Age: 63
    Race: White
    Sex: Male
    Located at: Morgantown FCI
    Release Date: 08/19/2026

    Result: 1301 days

    It is 1301 days from the start date to the end date, but not including the end date.

    Or 3 years, 6 months, 24 days excluding the end date.

    Or 42 months, 24 days excluding the end date.

  19. Nicoletti now has a copy-cat motion as his buddy (Former Macomb Prosecutor, Eric Smith) who turned a blind-eye to Nicoletti’s embezzlement of an insurance check, has received an early release due to diabetes, as well as the other well-known crook, Kwame Kilpatrick and now habitual liar Nicoletti thinks likewise.

    His other partner, Mary Nicoletti, a licensed social worker with Ascension is sitting on his ill-gotten gains, as real assets were put in her name only even though she was a principal in Continental Title, the conduit for the felonies for which Nicoletti was deemed guilty.

    Interestingly, Nicoletti claims he has:
    1. Hemochromatosis, 2. High Blood Pressure 3. Obesity 4. Hyperlipidemia, 5. Cervical Disc Disorder.

    However, there are NO medical records as exhibits and Nicoletti is a known, habitual liar.

    If he is now obese, maybe he should consider exercising and losing weight which should have positive effects on his HBP, Hyperlipidemia, and put less stress on his Cervical Disc.

    Per the Mayo Clinic, another medical sources, Hemochromatosis is manageable, esp. since it is secondary NOT primary as it was recently diagnosed.

    Nicoletti should have considered these age-related issues before committing all those felonies, and ruining other’s lives.

    WHEN YOU COMMIT THE CRIME, YOU DO THE TIME !

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that the Covid pandemic “could near its end in 2023”.

    Nicoletti states: “Social distancing and sanitizing are both impossible to achieve in a communal prison environment….”

    However months ago, when the Bureau of Prisons was contacted, they assured all protocols were in place to protect inmates, and that outside contact was prohibited.

    Per the BOP web site:
    MORGANTOWN FCI HAS HAD NO INMATES POSITIVE, NO STAFF POSITIVE, NO INMATE DEATHS AND NO STAFF DEATHS

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