06/19/2010 06:28 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Giuseppe Viola, Accused Ponzi Schemer, Defrauded North Beach Investors Of $17 Million, Say Lawyers

Most mornings for more than a decade, Giuseppe Viola sat with his back against the wall in the corner of Caffe Roma in North Beach. He always wore a suit and tie, and his rosary beads were regularly on display. In small, tidy handwriting, he would track the financial markets and chart his findings on graph paper.

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