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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.



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.


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


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)


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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159 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.

    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)

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

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