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

  1. The Bureau of Prisons web site states there are 0 records for Paul Nicoletti

    There was a record for Paul Nicoletti until May 30, 2020 which stated “Not in BOP custody”

    The March 25, 2020 Judge Victoria Roberts Order extending Paul Nicoletti’s voluntary surrender to the Bureau of Prisons on June 1, 2020 .

    What does this say about the case, and the court system????

    How organized is this???

    • A search by name lists him under the number 55819-039. It says he is not in custody. I wonder if it’s yet another delay or maybe the court hasn’t updated their records.

      • this is what it used to say until may 30, then on June 1 this page went blank, I saved a screen print.

        Today, it is repopulated again.

        Register Number: 55819-039
        Age: 60
        Race: White
        Sex: Male
        Release Date: UNKNOWN

        Interestingly, A new Stip and Order was entered by Judge Victoria Roberts allowing Nicoletti’s voluntary surrender to the Bureau of Prisons from June 1 to August 31, 2020.

        Oddly, I guess this is effective in the arrears.

        There is no appeal for this case.

        Nicoletti continues to jerk around both Judge Roberts, and the US Attorneys office.

        This blob of DNA is a public nuisance, an undesirable, a threat to society, and other unmentionable terms!

  2. Ho Hum

    Nicoletti now filed a Motion for Reconsideration submitted by Attorney Stablein insinuating that Mr. Nicoletti doesn’t have funds to pay over $5,000,000.00 (that is over $5 Million). Where did all his ill-gotten gains go?

    At the time of the crime, Nicoletti’s real estate was titled under Mary Ann White Nicoletti who was also an officer in Continental Title. I would think she should be named as an unindicted co-conspirator as well as his flying monkey in this legal circus.

    He continues to make a mockery of the court system at tax payer expense.

    Towing companies in S.E. Michigan have been connected to organized crime and Nicoletti admits to working for a towing company

    Surprised Nicoletti wants to keep playing this charade instead of putting it behind him to get on with his life, He is creating such a public record for his kids, grand kids and so-on!

  3. These are NOT the court’s problems, they belong to Nicoletti.

    Cry me a River. He ruins lives for sport and money to create the appearance of success of the Nicolettis.

    Nicoletti stated on the record his family supports hm, (as they are the recipients of his ill-gotten gains.) Mary Nicoletti was a principal in the conduit of Continental Title and continues to support him as an un-indicted co-conspirator.

    It is common knowledge that the towing business in S.E. Michigan has the appearance of an organized crime syndicate.

    “The report also informed the Court that Mr. Nicoletti, working as a tow truck driver, earned $420.00 per week at the time of his sentencing.

    14. Mr. Nicoletti cannot make a payment of a lump sum immediate payment of $5,479,151.58. His inability to make such a large payment will undoubtedly put him in a position of being unable to comply with this Court’s judgment, and places him in the position of necessarily violating the conditions the Court has placed upon him as conditions of his supervised release.

  4. According to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals , Stablein’s representation ENDED on 3/4/20, yet Nicoletti’s Motion for Reconsideration entered into the record on 6/17/20 states it was “Respectfully submitted by Pal J. Stablein” P42544

    Could Nicoletti have authored this Motion himself and surreptitiously, used Stablen’s name, and why not his new attorneys from TN, Donald Capparella and Tyler Chance Yarbro his attorneys of record at the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals?

    Is Nicoletti pettifogging by referencing a supervised release which is granted AFTER prison time according to the Federal Prison information?

    Attorney Party Type(s) Represented Representation End
    Weier, Craig A.
    Capparella, Donald
    Stablein, Paul J.
    Defendant-Appellant 03/04/2020
    Yarbro, Tyler Chance

  5. Page 6 Number 14

    Mr. Nicoletti cannot make a payment of alumpsum immediate payment of $5,479,151.58.His inability to make such a large payment will undoubtedly put him in the position of being unable to comply with this Court’s judgment, and places him in the position of necessarily violating the conditions the Court has placed upon him as conditions of his supervised release


    Click to access gov.uscourts.mied.302345.185.0.pdf

  6. Delays and more delays, neck surgery, COVID-19….. he was convicted in May 2019 yet doesn’t have to report to the Bureau of Prisons until Jan 1st 2021, another 19 months of freedom he doesn’t deserve. Now he wants to stay out of jail pending his appeal and says he can’t pay restitution and wants to pay ‘nominal amounts‘ whatever that means. Where did all the money go???

    • Where did all the money go???
      MaryAnn Nicoletti
      Behavioral Health Therapist at Ascension
      Greater Detroit Area25 connections
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      Wayne State University
      I am a Behavior Health Therapist at Ascension Eastwood Clinic in Royal Oak Michigan. I have been effective in treating mood disorders (depression, anxiety, bipolar etc), trauma, PTSD, anger management, grief and loss, ADHD, and work with psychiatry for medication assistance, if needed. I am currently on the development plan to work with addictions or those that are substance dependent.

      “I feel that life is a balance of holding on and letting go”. Life can be challenging and we all seem to be recovering from something. Maybe its time to share your pain with a professional, be heard and validated, so you can begin to heal.

      *Trauma and PTSD
      *Depression and Anxiety
      *Anger Management
      *Grief and Loss

      *Alcohol Use
      *Behavioral issues
      *Bipolar Disorder
      *Chronic Relapse
      *Coping Skills
      *Developmental Disorders
      *Drug Abuse
      *Dual Diagnosis
      *Emotional Disturbance
      *Life Coaching
      *Life Transitions
      *Narcissistic Personality
      *Oppositional Defiance
      *Peer Relationships
      *Relationship Issues
      *Self Esteem
      *Sexual Abuse
      *Sleep or Insomnia
      *Substance Use
      *Women’s Issues

      Mental Health:
      *Impulse Control Disorders
      *Mood Disorders
      *Personality Disorders
      *Thinking Disorders

      Faith: Christian

      Client Focus:

    SPECIAL ASSESSMENT: $400.00; RESTITUTION: $5,478,751,58

  8. 17. Mr. Nicoletti’s financial resources are minimal. He earns $420 per week…and will not, while incarcerated, be able to earn anything.

    Since Mr. Nicoletti pleads destitution who will be paying for his 2 upcoming vacations? Rhetorically, will it be from MaryAnn’s ill-gotten gains?

    Mr. Nicoletti will be going to Florida and later to Colorado, while not earning $420/week as a tow truck driver. Mr. Nicoletti argues that he should not be in prison due to COVID-19, yet he is allowed to travel by airplane (considered a flying petri dish for Covid-19) to Florida and Colorado. Florida is the 4th highest state with Covid-19 cases, and then on to Colorado which is in the top half of all states with active COVID cases, ranked 24 out of 50 states.

    Ranked 4/50 states
    Total cases: 245,511
    Total Deaths 4,197
    Active Cases 218,144
    Total Cases per 1M pop 11,850

    Ranked 24/50 states
    Total Cases: 36,591
    Total Deaths: 1,725
    Active Cases: 23,661
    Total Cases per 1M pop. 6,354

    • Nicoletti put on the record that his only income is $420 week from a towing company but did not produce income tax returns. Were these “under the table” earnings, and if so, was this an understatement?

      The record states his monthly income is about $1680 per month, but his monthly expenses are over %6,000 per month with an almost $5000 monthly deficit. What ever happened to living within one’s means? The new M.O. appears to be over-extending credit cards and then defaulting resulting in lawsuits where credit card companies are the losers.

      He also put on the record that his family supports him which would include all his dysfunctional, criminal behaviors manifesting in ill-gotten gains from which the Nicolettis benefited, including cruises, vacations, weddings, real estate and presumably much, much more.

  9. Judge Victoria Roberts sentenced Nicoletti, felon convicted for Millions of Dollar of bank fraud UNDER THE SENTENCING GUIDELINES IN May 2019.

    Repeatedly, the Roberts’ court has accommodated Nicoletti’s lack of interest in reporting to the Bureau of Prisons to begin his lighter than usual sentence for his crimes.

    Repeatedly, the Roberts’ court has accommodated Nicoletti’s veiled requests to take vacations.
    Now, the Roberts’ court has accommodated Nicoletti’s strategy to never pay restitution with a veiled attempt to accommodate the crumbs from his banquet table.

    Nicoletti has a history with lawless judges as his partners-in-crime!

    Ka-ching, Ka-ching!!!!

  10. Proverbs 15:27
    He who is greedy for unjust gain brings trouble on his household, but he who hates bribes will live.

  11. Sure looks like Judge Victoria Roberts is giving Crooked, disgusting Paul Nicoletti unlawful, preferential treatment, The bigger question is WHY. Nicoletti has a history of being involved with other lawless, corrupt judges. Ka-Ching, Ka-ching. or did his goombas pay a visit???

  12. The first symptom of stupidity is total lack of shame. – (Sigmund Freud)

    The biggest social danger is stupidity. – (Victor Hugo)

    When you’re dead, you don’t know you’re dead, but others feel the pain. The same thing happens when you’re stupid!

  13. Date Filed # Docket Text
    09/21/2020 188
    NOTICE of Filing Exhibits for Purposes of Appeal by United States of America as to Paul Nicoletti (Attachments: # 1 Exhibits) (Weier, Craig) (Entered: 09/21/2020)


    • I am sure he thinks all that money was worth it, even ruing his life.

      Glad my father was a class act who helped others without charge.

  14. How does this crook get to go on another vacation without ever reporting to prison?

    Since he doesn’t have money to pay restitution, how does he have money to go on a trip, unless that money transferred to his wife is paying for this?

    Who would even associate with this crook who ruins people’s lives for money?

    All those millions are floating out there, if any of the Nicoletti’s had an ounce of integrity, they would try to make his victims whole.

      • Besides the witnesses in the Federal Criminal case in Judge Roberts’ court, here are a few more:

        Oakland County Circuit Court
        Party Name

        NICOLETTI PAUL Defendant LEVY HELEN 1996-515050-CK CHABOT Y
        Defendant SUMMIT BLOOMFIELD 2010-108654-CK KUMAR N
        Defendant RASOR JAMES 2011-121762-NM BOWMAN N
        Defendant EXACT TITLE INS AGENCY 2012-124262-NM POTTS N
        Defendant PNC BANK 2015-148227-CB ALEXANDER N
        Defendant FIDELITY NATIONAL TITLE INS CO 2008-092706-CK KUMAR N

        Defendant DREILICH MARIE 2004-055703-NM CHABOT N
        Defendant CLD INC 2004-059677-CK NICHOLS N

  15. Published articles by Michigan’s 2016 Journalist of the year, Curt Guyette, for exposing the Flint Water Crisis

    3 part story – in case the links don’t work, google these titles.

    Nightmare on Highbury Court
    Part 1 (12/12/07):

    Nightmare on Highbury Court
    Part 2 / 12/26/07

    Nightmare’s Twist (6/25/08)

    Nightmare on Highbury Court
    Part 1 (12/12/07):

    Nightmare on Highbury Court
    Part 2 / 12/26/07

    Nightmare’s Twist (6/25/08):




  16. His latest report to prison day is on 4/1/21, in honor of his own special day. Guess what he will say on that day, “April Fool”

    Looks like he has friends in high places who believe his BS that his reporting day is a moving target.

    What will be his next manipulation of the system?

  17. How does the Nicoletti criminal mind process that he has ruined many lifetimes of Christmases for so many while he and his wife laughed all the way to the bank?

  18. Give him the vaccine and lock him up. He should be on the chain gang not going to CLUB FED, with a baseball diamond, etc. Ruining people;s lives, this is laughable.

    • Now Nicoletti’s plan is so obvious. Keep getting the trial postponed until BANYON is decided, and then use BANYON as a basis to over turn the trial.

      Is Judge Roberts part of the scheme?

    • In the rebuttal, Ms. Yarbro: The intent element requires knowledge or be aware. Mr. Nicoletti had no awareness, of any 5/3 bank involvement in this matter…

      Nicoletti is the principal in Continental Title Company and an attorney. He knew or should have known. The history of his schemes and misrepresentations establish that the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. Just look at the record of all his civil cases in Oakland County Circuit. The history shows Nicoletti doesn’t do anything without knowing to cause parties to part with their money and obtain ill-gotten gains.

  19. November 2, 2006

    Fraud lands man in prison
    Northville lawyer also ordered to pay $8.5M in restitution for embezzling from friends, neighbors.
    Paul Egan / The Detroit News
    A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced a Northville lawyer who defrauded friends and neighbors of millions of dollars to five years and four months in federal prison.
    U.S. District Judge Victoria A. Roberts rejected testimony from an expert witness who said Charles G. Mady was a pathological gambler who played the commodities market instead of the slot machines and was not fully responsible for his actions.
    Roberts sentenced Mady, 36, at the top of the federal sentencing guidelines range for embezzlement, and ordered him to pay about $8.5 million in restitution to his victims.
    “What you did to the victims in this case is just a horrific set of circumstances,” Roberts told Mady.
    “The court finds you to be totally unsympathetic.”
    The court heard from victims who said they trusted Mady and lost millions of dollars while he sent them statements showing their investments were increasing in value. Some even paid taxes on income they thought they had earned, while they were losing money.
    The government alleged Mady converted more than $3 million of investors’ money to his own uses, including buying racehorses and luxury cars.
    Mady, a Canadian citizen, is expected to be deported after he completes his sentence.

  20. Nicoletti v. USA
    Assigned to: District Judge Victoria A. Roberts
    Related Case: 2:15-cr-20382-VAR-MKM-1

    Cause: 28:2255 Motion to Vacate / Correct Illegal Sentence

    Proceedings for case 2:21-cv-10218-VAR are not available

  21. Definitions:

    An extremely or offensively stupid, incompetent, or boorish person. A fool, a despised person.

    First know use 1865

  22. In all his brilliance, hasn’t he figure out that he was indicted in 2015 and if he would have allowed the case to normally progress and be sentenced, assuming his prison term would be the same 60 months, his prison sentence would be behind him now, instead of making it a post-career choice.

    The DUMB Wuss will probably come up with another scheme to again delay the May 3, 2021 reporting date.

    • When you’re an attack dog for the cult of copyright, you start to think of yourself as invincible. After all, the RIAA and MPAA were allowed to run roughshod over the population with having no evidentiary standards or need to prove their IP address harvesting was actually accurate, so why should porn companies and their lawyers ever need to live under the ignominy of being scrutinized?

      For Nicoletti, it’s not just about the shame of taking the hit – it’s the fact that he’ll never work in this highly lucrative field of legal extortion, and the misguided principle of the thing. Nicoletti refuses to live down the fate of Paul Hansmeier, the latter who is still fighting for his right to operate as a copyright troll. For these parasites it’s all in or nothing.

  23. At the end of the day, the position is just a position, a title is just a title, and those things come and go. It’s really your essence and your values that are important.

    Queen Rania of Jordan

    Before the Court is Nicoletti’s emergency motion for miscellaneous relief and for extension of time to reply to government’s response to 28 US 2255 petition. [ECF No. 26]. Nicoletti asks that the Court allow him to file an amended 2255 petition, extend the briefing schedule on that motion, and extend the date that he surrenders himself to the BOP.
    The Court GRANTS Nicoletti’s emergency motion for miscellaneous relief. [ECF No. 206] and extends Nicoletti’s BOP report date until September 30, 2021.
    Dated: April 29, 2021
    S/ Victoria A. Roberts Victoria A. Roberts
    United States District Judge

    • Defendant’s Emergency Motion for Miscellaneous Relief and for Extension of Time to reply to Government’s Response to USC 2255 Petition

      #4 The Defendant is currently scheduled to report to the Bureau of Prisons on May 3, 2021 and at that time, Defendant will not have access to legal materials and other materials necessary to file a reply…..


      All federal prisons are required by statute and regulations to have a law library. This used to consist of a room filled with legal texts, but the technological age has arrived within the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Now, all federal inmates have access to the TRULINCS computer system, which contains a full electronic law library. By most accounts, this is a huge improvement.
      The law library computers allow inmates to electronically access case-law from all federal courts, Federal Bureau of Prisons program statements (BOP policy), and various other legal resources (including a law dictionary, the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Code of Federal Regulations, etc.). One of the terrific features about this electronic law library is that it is searchable. Thus, an inmate can type in a specific term and a hit list is provided to them. This makes legal research efficient and easy to manage.

  25. 2:21-cv-10218-VAR Nicoletti v. USA
    Victoria A. Roberts, presiding
    Date filed: 02/01/2021
    U.S. District Court
    Eastern District of Michigan (Detroit)
    CIVIL DOCKET FOR CASE #: 2:21-cv-10218-VAR

    Proceedings for case 2:21-cv-10218-VAR are not available

    • Add her to the list of cozy judges??? They protect their own.

      Judge Roberts was the 62nd president of the State Bar of Michigan

    >>> Many Years ago, Al Capone virtually owned Chicago. Capone wasn’t famous for anything heroic. He was notorious for enmeshing the windy city in everything from bootlegged booze and prostitution to murder.
    >>> Capone had a lawyer nicknamed “Easy Eddie.” He was Capone’s lawyer for a good reason. Eddie was very good! In fact, Eddie’s skill at legal maneuvering kept Big Al out of jail for a long time.
    >>> To show his appreciation, Capone paid him very well.. Not only was the money big, but Eddie got special dividends, as well. For instance, he and his family occupied a fenced-in mansion with live-in help and all of the conveniences of the day. The estate was so large that it filled an entire Chicago City block.
    >>> Eddie lived the high life of the Chicago mob and gave little consideration to the atrocity that went on around him. Eddie did have one soft spot, however He had a son that he loved dearly. Eddie saw to it that his young son had clothes, cars, and a good education. Nothing was withheld. Price was no object.
    >>> And, despite his involvement with organized crime, Eddie even tried to teach him right from wrong. Eddie wanted his son to be a better man than he was. Yet, with all his wealth and influence, there were two things he couldn’t give his son; he couldn’t pass on a good name or a good example.
    >>> One day, Easy Eddie reached a difficult decision. Easy Eddie wanted to rectify wrongs he had done. He decided he would go to the authorities and tell the truth about Al”Scarface” Capone, clean up his tarnished name, and offer his son some resemblance of integrity. To do this, he would have to testify against The Mob, and he knew that the cost would be great. So, he testified.
    >>> Within the year, Easy Eddie’s life ended in a blaze of gunfire on a lonely Chicago Street. But in his eyes, he had given his son the greatest gift he had to offer, at the greatest price he could ever pay.. Police removed from his pockets a rosary, a crucifix, a religious medallion, and a poem clipped from a magazine.
    >>> The poem read:
    >>> “The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power to tell just when the hands will stop, at late or early hour. Now is the only time you own. Live, love, toil with a will. Place no faith in time For the clock may soon be still.”
    >>> World War II produced many heroes. One such man was Lieutenant Commander Butch O’Hare.
    >>> He was a fighter pilot assigned to the aircraft carrier Lexington in the South Pacific
    >>> One day his entire squadron was sent on a mission. After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gauge and realized that someone had forgotten to top off his fuel tank.
    >>> He would not have enough fuel to complete his mission and get back to his ship.
    >>> His flight leader told him to return to the carrier. Reluctantly, he dropped out of formation and headed back to the fleet.
    >>> As he was returning to the mother ship, he saw something that turned his blood cold; a squadron of Japanese aircraft was speeding its way toward the American-fleet.
    >>> The American fighters were gone on a sortie, and the fleet was all but defenseless. He couldn’t reach his squadron and bring them back in time to save the fleet. Nor could he warn the fleet of the approaching danger. There was only one thing to do. He must somehow divert them from the fleet.
    >>> Laying aside all thoughts of personal safety, he dove into the formation of Japanese planes. Wing-mounted 50 caliber’s blazed as he charged in, attacking one surprised enemy plane and then another. Butch wove in and out of the now broken formation and fired at as many planes as possible until all his ammunition was finally spent.
    >>> Undaunted, he continued the assault. He dove at the planes, trying to clip a wing or tail in hopes of damaging as many enemy planes as possible, rendering them unfit to fly.
    >>> Finally, the exasperated Japanese squadron took off in another direction. Deeply relieved, Butch O’Hare and his tattered fighter limped back to the carrier. Upon arrival, he reported in and related the event surrounding his return. The film from the gun-camera mounted on his plane told the tale. It showed the extent of Butch’s daring attempt to protect his fleet. He had, in fact, destroyed five enemy aircraft. This took place on February 20, 1942, and for that action Butch became the Navy’s first Ace of W.W.II, and the first Naval Aviator to win the Medal of Honor.
    >>> A Year later Butch was killed in aerial combat at the age of 29. His hometown would not allow the memory of this WW II hero to fade, and today, O’Hare airport in Chicago is named in tribute to the courage of this great man.
    >>> So, the next time you find yourself at O’Hare International, give some thought to visiting Butch’s memorial displaying his statue and his Medal of Honor. It’s located between Terminals 1 and 2.
    >>> Butch O’Hare was “Easy Eddie’s” son. (Pretty cool, eh!)

  27. Nicoletti and/or Mary Ann are sitting on millions of ill-gotten gains and he is quibbling about a$2000 garnished tax refund.

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