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CEO who embezzled from Middletown-based pain nonprofit pleads guilty

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BRIDGEPORT  — A New York man who ran a Middletown-based nonprofit designed to find support and resources for people with chronic pain issues has pleaded guilty to embezzling about $1.5 million from the organization.

Federal prosecutors in Connecticut say 46-year-old Paul Gileno, of Brewster, New York, waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty Monday to fraud and tax evasion.

Authorities say Gileno, the founder and chief executive of the Middletown-based U.S. Pain Foundation, embezzled from the foundation from 2015 until 2017 and failed to pay more than $500,000 in federal taxes on the embezzled money and other income.

Gileno is free while awaiting sentencing at a date to be determined when he faces up to 25 years in prison.

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