Convicted scammer says he’s too fat for prison

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Chuck Ross Investigative Reporter
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Facing five years in prison after being convicted for his role in a real estate scam, a Florida man says he’s too fat to be incarcerated.

James Olivos told Orlando television station WESH that he couldn’t serve hard time because he wouldn’t get the proper treatment for his obesity if he was behind bars.

A WESH reporter asked Olivos outside of the Seminole County courthouse whether he still believes that he’s too morbidly obese to go to prison. “Yes, I am sir, thank you very much,” Olivos responded.

This marks the third time that Olivos, who appears on video to be overweight, has cited a medical condition to avoid surrendering for prison following his conviction on bank fraud and money laundering last December.

The swindler missed his previous surrender dates, claiming he was suffering from rectal bleeding, was coughing up blood, and suffering foot pain, WESH reports.

Magistrate Karla Spaulding was reportedly frustrated by Olivos’ latest scheme saying that he was “stalling to avoid prison,” WESH reported.

“I don’t see anything that confirms these complaints,” said Spaulding.

Besides a five-year prison stint, Olivos was given five years probation and ordered to pay $3.2 million in restitution for a scheme that involved convincing homeowners to overinflate the listed sales prices of their homes. Olivos’ complex scheme relied on “straw purchasers” to buy the overpriced homes. The morbidly obese man also kept rent money that was intended for home investors.

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