Disgraced fraudster caught stealing $ 500,000 from schools and buying wig with the proceeds complains he can’t get a job – as even Uber turned him down
- Nino Napoli stole more than $ 500,000 from the Victorian Education Department
- He made $ 95,000 between 2007 and 2014, including a $ 2000 toupee
- Lawyer Jim Shaw told the court on Friday that Napoli cannot even get a job with Uber
A fraudster caught stealing money from Victoria’s public schools has been struggling to get a job since his crimes were revealed.
Nino Napoli, who was the general manager of the department’s finance department, admitted to siphoning over $ 500,000 to friends and family.
He personally won $ 95,000, including a $ 2,000 toupee, between 2007 and 2014. His cousin Carlo Squillacioti scored $ 58,000.
During a hearing on Friday, his attorney Jim Shaw told the court that his Napoli had been left “ humiliated ” by the media attention the lawsuit had received.
He said his client had struggled to find work and even tried to get a job as an Uber driver, but was hit back because of the charges against him.
“He couldn’t even get a job for that,” Mr. Shaw said.
“That’s what he’s been reduced to.”
Nino Napoli (pictured in 2015) climbed the ladder to become General Manager of the Victorian Education Department’s Finance Department, quietly siphoning over $ 500,000 to friends and family
Mr. Shaw said his client had even received threatening letters.
‘It has been a spectacular fall from grace. It’s been very, very public, ”Mr. Shaw said.
For nearly seven years, Napoli and Squillacioti filed 72 false bills worth more than $ 500,000 to the education department for companies linked to their families.
Napoli used his seniority to award contracts and approve payments to people and companies with which he had connections.
He made sure that the payments were made without any checking, regardless of whether the companies were legally entitled to do the work or if it was done at all.
Napoli personally won $ 95,000, including a $ 2000 toupee, between 2007 and 2014. His cousin Carlo Squillacioti (pictured in 2015) scored $ 58,000
Lawyer Jim Shaw told Victoria’s County Court on Friday that Napoli (pictured) was trying to get a job as an Uber driver but was hit back over the charges against him. “He couldn’t even get a job for that,” Mr. Shaw said
Napoli was initially hit with 164 separate charges following a long-term investigation by the Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission.
He admitted only two on the basis of a settlement with prosecutors in May.
With his toupee at Friday’s hearing, Napoli tried to spare the prison so he could take care of his blind 93-year-old mother.
He had seen the light, was reconnected with his Christian faith, and engaged in community and charity work, the court was told.
Mr. Shaw said Napoli had worked in the education department for nearly 40 years and it was his life before his foolish ways reversed him.
He now realized that he and his colleagues had enjoyed too much power and freedom in their senior positions, the attorney also said.
The case will return to court next Wednesday for another hearing pending sentence.