Thursday , July 28, 2016 - 12:33 PM3 comments
FARMINGTON — The former owner of Tuscany Gardens Reception Center has been sentenced to prison for fraud and identity theft.
Anthony Consolo, 38, was sentenced Thursday to three terms of one to 15 years and two terms of up to five years at the Utah State Prison. The sentences are to run concurrently. Judge Robert Dale also ordered Consolo to pay $142,847 to the victims of his identity and communications fraud, saying that restitution will remain open for one year in case more claims are made against him.
Investigators said Consolo, formerly of West Point, used the identity of a Washington man to get two loans from different financial institutions. The Roy reception center owner was also accused of having numerous identification documents, checks and debit cards that were not his. He was arrested Dec. 30, 2015.
Dale explained the prison sentence was due to the number of victims and the amount of restitution.
“He's been a menace to the community along the Wasatch Front,” Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings said.
Elizabeth McAtee, an advocate for the victims, spoke in their behalf at the sentencing hearing. She said she was told by investigators there were more than 100 victims. She was able to contact more than half of the victims and most said they want Consolo to serve prison time.
“Many said this is a despicable act,” McAtee said. “It left them financially vulnerable after they were married.”
Consolo’s attorney, Ryan Bushell, asked the judge to sentence Consolo to probation so he could begin paying restitution. His attorney said Consolo was heavily addicted to methamphetamine and needed to get into a drug treatment program.
Consolo also spoke in court and apologized to the victims and his family.
“The weight of my actions has been like a ton of bricks every day," said Consolo, who has been held at the Davis County Jail in lieu of a $75,000 bail since his arrest in December.
He entered guilty pleas in June to one count of communications fraud, a second-degree felony; one count of producing a false identification document, a second-degree felony; one count of identity fraud, a second-degree felony; one count of unlawful acquisition of a financial card, a third-degree felony; and one count of obtaining multiple identity documents of another, a third-degree felony.
The reception center in Roy has closed and wedding vendors across the Wasatch Front had offered to help couples who had paid to have their wedding ceremonies or receptions at Tuscany Gardens.
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