Hamilton Spectator: Ghosts in the Villa: How an identity theft scheme funnelled $1.2 million out of Hamilton’s Villa Italia retirement home

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To mark World News Day on September 28, 2022, the World News Day campaign is sharing stories that have had a significant social impact. This particular story, which was shared by the Hamilton Spectator, was first published on July 14, 2022.

Villa Italia executive director Pat Mostacci, former chair of Festitalia, is accused of being the architect of a seven-year-long fraud and embezzlement plot.

The banquet was vintage Pat Mostacci. 

Held in the opulence of the Michelangelo Event and Conference Centre in Hamilton, the spring 2017 event was attended by the city’s glitterati, leaders of the local Italian community and even the mayor… 

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