“He stopped and presented what sounded like a real cool opportunity.” Schwartz said before revealing further details of the con.
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“He told me how popular those things were in Milwaukee. Said I’d have exclusive Columbus distribution rights. There was just something about the guy I couldn’t resist.” Schwartz explained. “He snapped his fingers and I ran inside to get my checkbook.”
When Schwartz reemerged, checkbook in hand, he discovered his wife and Fonzarelli ‘making out’ in the driveway.
“I didn’t even care.” Schwartz said. “If I’m being honest, I kind of wished it were me.”
The kimonos never came, and the phone number Fonzarelli provided was actually the number to a Wisconsin prison, a place Fonzarelli’s cousin, Charles Arcola, 68, has called home since 1968.
“I gave him the check.” Schwartz offered, fighting back tears. “And as he was driving off he gave me the thumbs-up sign, told me he’d sit on it ... In hindsight, he may have told me to sit on it.”