Lantigua, the former owner of
"Have you told the truth today?" Barksdale asked Lantigua, who had a beard and gray hair that brushed his orange jail jumpsuit.
"Yes," he answered, part of a chain of one- and two-word replies he offered to questions the judge posed to ensure he understood the impact of his plea.
Lantigua, 63, could theoretically face a 50-year prison sentence for the conspiracy and bank fraud charges he admitted.
Prosecutors agreed to seek something less severe, although the sentence probably won't be decided for at least two or three months.
As part of the plea, Lantigua agreed to forfeit money or valuables to help satisfy court judgments totaling about
Someone waiting for part of that money was in the courtroom as Lantigua entered his plea.
Paperwork from the Hartford Universal Life policy said it could be redeemed for
In 39 years of community banking, Brown, now market president for
"He was good at it," said Brown, who called to the slightly stooped prisoner led into the courtroom before the hearing began.
Led to a table maybe 10 yards from Brown, Lantigua turned toward his voice, but answered "I'm sorry; I can't see you."
Before his disappearance, Lantigua and his wife,
The papers said Lantigua had convinced Simpson he was once a team leader for a fictional
Simpson was told both of their families were in danger, the papers said.
Simpson pleaded guilty last month to conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud, although a prosecutor told a judge Lantigua "hoodwinked" her.
She also traveled to
Over a span of years, Lantigua took out seven life insurance policies on himself worth
Lantigua, who lived under a fake name in a remote mountain town, was arrested on the spot on charges of passport fraud and identity theft. He pleaded guilty to those charges last year but hasn't been sentenced yet. Assistant
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