Ex-Prison Guard Pleads Guilty To $10M Fraud Scheme With Inmate

A former Florida prison correctional officer has pleaded guilty in a prison-based fraud scheme.

Michael Mazar, 39, of Hollywood, pled guilty in connection with a mail and wire fraud scheme based at a Miami federal prison.

Mazar, along with inmate Jimmy Sabatino, 40, contacted retailers such as Jimmy Choo and Tiffany & Co., and told them he was with a movie company, and convinced them to send handbags, wristwatches, clothing and jewelry that was promised to be featured in films and music videos. 

Mazar would then sell the items worth millions at local pawnshops. 

On Tuesday, Mazar pleaded guilty to a mail and wire fraud conspiracy for his supporting role in Sabatino’s $10 million racket.

Mazar now faces up to 20 years in prison. His defense attorney, Greg Chonillo, declined to comment.

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