That con, which Sabatino carried out from behind bars by pretending to be Sony and Viacom bigwigs, earned him another 11 years of lockup.
Sabatino maintained a website in his name from prison. Records uncovered by The Smoking Gun website in 2008 revealed that Sabatino was far from a model inmate: Guards disciplined him more than 30 times for fighting, weapons and other violations.
When he got out in May, Sabatino wasted little time reverting to one of his earliest scams: getting free stuff from fancy hotels.
In 1997, when he finished his sentence for the Super Bowl scam, Sabatino immediately went to New York and threw himself a $54,727 welcome-back party at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. He didn’t pay, of course, and police arrested him.
While he was out on bail for the Marriott incident, Sabatino fled to London, claiming to be a Paramount Pictures honcho to get into the Four Seasons. He was arrested for that unpaid bill, too, which led to his British prison time.
Attempts to contact Sabatino were unsuccessful, as were attempts to reach his father, who used to manage Bobby Rubino’s restaurant in Pompano Beach.
A cousin, Josephine Sabatino, said Sabatino has “been this way pretty much all his life.”
“I think if he used his ability to be so convincing at a legit job, he could have been extremely successful in the business world,” she wrote in an email to el Nuevo Herald.
“I wish he would have made better choices so he could be involved with his family and live outside of prison, but I guess that’s not the case.”
El Nuevo Herald writer Maria Perez contributed to this report.