Defendant Sentenced to 12 Yrs. Prison for Felony Real Estate Fraud
DATE: February 16, 2018
CASE: Dennis Joseph Giacopetti (Case #16FE011744)
PROSECUTOR: Deputy District Attorney Ruth Young, Real Estate Fraud Unit
The Honorable Patrick Marlette sentenced Dennis Joseph Giacopetti (aka Dennis Jacopetti) to 12 years in prison. On January 12, 2018, Giacopetti pled no contest to forgery, grand theft and filing false documents. Giacopetti also admitted the aggravated white collar enhancement and the enhancement for commission of a felony while released from custody on another case.
Giacopetti advertised the businesses Legal Aid Services of California and Legal Aid of California online and through Craigslist. Although he was not an attorney, Giacopetti represented himself as an attorney in order to obtain clients. Through these false representations, he unlawfully obtained legal fees from multiple victims. Giacopetti also filed false legal documents and illegally acted as a foreclosure consultant.
This case was investigated and prosecuted by the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Real Estate Fraud Unit.