Daniel Tisone changes to a guilty plea for Covid relief fraud

Reporter: Michael Hudak Writer: Paul Dolan
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A convicted felon said he felt remorse after changing his plea to guilty for Covid relief fraud.

Daniel Tisone, 34, is accused of getting money from the government illegally and then using it to buy a boat, two properties in Naples, and jewelry.

With a stroke of the pen, Daniel Tisone admitted he stole money and it was millions of dollars and that he knew what he was doing the whole time.

Tisone signed away his freedom and he did so knowing what is next.

“I’m just remorseful, and I accept responsibility, and I just want to put this day behind me, and move forward and make the most out of what I have going forward,” Tisone said.

Tisone’s attorney, Mark Eiglarsh, said Friday wasn’t just a good day, it was a bit more.

“Today was a great day for my client who took a giant step forward in accepting full responsibility for what he did,” Eiglarsh said.

But, what is it that Tisone did? Wire fraud, bank fraud, illegal monetary transactions, and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon.

“And he is going to pay back every single nickel that he took,” Eiglarsh said.

Tisone stole a total of $2,617,447.17.

“He is thoroughly remorseful for what he’s done, and expects to move on in a law-abiding life with his fiancee and his newborn,” Eiglarsh said.

Tisone’s sentencing date got extended by 30 days and his attorney wanted it that way.

“Unlike many people who take money fraudulently and then squander it, my client invested that money and will actually make money on that money,” Eiglarsh said. “So, he expects to pay back every nickel that he took in its entirety.”

If Tisone gets the max sentence he will get 80 years in prison.

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