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Con man Victor Clavizzao loses freedom because of marriage

TAMPA — The honeymoon is over for bigamist and convicted fraudster Victor Clavizzao.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge James Moody ruled that Clavizzao had violated his bond conditions by going to Ohio to wed a fifth time while still married to wife No. 4. Clavizzao, 46, was taken into federal custody and will stay in jail until he begins serving a five-year sentence for mortgage fraud later this month.

"I think you just don't know of any rules that apply to you," the judge told him. "You think you can do anything you want to."

Moody sentenced Clavizzao in April but allowed him to remain out temporarily on the condition that he not commit a new crime or leave the Tampa Bay area without permission. But as the St. Petersburg Times reported last week, Clavizzao and Jacqueline Dean, a registered sex offender, wed June 11 in Lisbon, Ohio, although his divorce from his fourth wife, Angel, is not yet finalized.

Bigamy is a misdemeanor in Ohio and a felony in Florida.

As soon as they heard of the nuptials, court officials in Tampa verified the marriage with Ohio authorities and obtained a warrant for Clavizzao's arrest. He turned himself in Tuesday morning and, escorted by a bailiff, shuffled into court wearing leg shackles and a gold wedding band.

His new wife and his teenage daughter were also in court but did not speak.

"It was not my intention to go against anybody's control stuff over me," a groggy sounding Clavizzao told the judge. "I want to apologize to the court. I thought I needed to be for my family."

His lawyer, Scott Andringa, asked that he be allowed to stay out until July 14, when he was originally set to report for prison.

"He does have family in the area, he does have a stable residence and he can be reached any time," Andringa said. "There is no possibility of danger to the community."

But the judge was clearly annoyed that Clavizzao denied going to Ohio when a court official asked him about the trip.

"To me, lying to a probation officer is as bad as any of the other (offenses)," the judge said. "You're remanded to custody."

Susan Taylor Martin can be contacted at

Con man Victor Clavizzao loses freedom because of marriage 06/30/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 9:45pm]
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