John Nicolo has died in Fort Worth, Texas

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

John Nicolo died May 28, 2014 at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas.

Nicolo was serving a 12 year sentence in federal prison in Fort Worth after being found guilty in May 2009 of 51 counts of fraud and conspiracy, money laundering and tax evasion in a trial that lasted 10 weeks.

The Yates County native was serving his sentence in the low security federal correctional institution for his role in defrauding Eastman Kodak Co., the town of Greece and other Rochester area companies through an assessment scheme.

Jerry McKinney, a spokesperson for the federal correctional institution, said once Nicolo’s cause of death is determined by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner, his remains will be released to his family.

During his trial, prosecutors said Nicolo conspired with retired Greece Assesor Charles Schwab, 61, former Kodak executive David Finnman, 61, and Finnman's replacement, David Camarata, 46, to scam area companies, including Kodak. Schwab, they claimed, would raise assessments of Kodak property so Finnman and, later, his successor, Camarata, would have the imaging company hire Nicolo to negotiate a lower assessment. Based on the reductions the town assessor made to Kodak Park's real property tax assessment, Nicolo calculated the tax savings to Kodak over a 15-year period to be $31,527,168. They also calculated Nicolo's fee from Kodak to be $7,881,798, which was 25 percent of Kodak's projected tax savings.

Last year, U.S. District Judge David Larimer denied Nicolo's motion to change his sentence to home confinement.

In his hand-scribed motion, Nicolo described himself an 80-year-old wheelchair-bound inmate who had been improperly cared for medically and had been "physically seriously abused and injured."

Nicolo accused prison personnel of threatening him, attempting to climb into bed with him, punching him in the groin, refusing medical treatment, and 'brutally manhandling' him.

Nicolo's wife, Constance Roeder was sentenced to probation following the trial.