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Rhode Island socialite Monique Brady jailed for stealing $4.8million asks for early release

A Rhode Island socialite who was jailed for eight years for cheating her loved ones out of nearly $5 million to fund her lavish lifestyle has asked for early release from prison just ten months into her eight year sentence.

Monique Brady, 45, of East Greenwich, pleaded guilty in July last year to wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and obstructing an IRS investigation. 

In February US Chief District Judge John McConnell sentenced her to eight years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered her to pay nearly $5 million in restitution to her victims. 

Just ten months later, Brady is now seeking early release due to COVID-19 concerns and what she says is her ex husband’s ‘inability’ to care for their four children.   

Brady cheated 23 people out of $4.8 million, prosecutors said, and used the money to buy a million-dollar home, vacations and luxury items, such as her collection of Louis Vuitton shoes. 

She scammed close friends, her stepbrother and firefighters by soliciting investments for her real estate management company, which she said had contracts for large-scale rehabilitation work on foreclosed properties across New England.

In reality, prosecutors said, Brady’s firm was often hired by banks for small tasks like mowing grass or changing locks, and did no work on most projects for which she solicited investor funds.  

Her victims included her best friend from childhood, her best friend from law school, her stepbrother and a woman who was a grandmother-like figure to Brady’s children, authorities said. Brady’s husband was a Warwick firefighter, and three of her victims were his colleagues, they said. 

Monique Brady, 45, pictured with ex husband Warwick Fire Capt. Thomas Brady, is seeking early release due to COVID-19 and what she says is his  ‘inability’ to care for their four children

Brady cheated 23 people out of $4.8 million, prosecutors said, and used the money to buy a million-dollar home, pictured, and luxury items, such as her collection of Louis Vuitton shoes

Brady cheated 23 people out of $4.8 million, prosecutors said, and used the money to buy a million-dollar home, pictured, and luxury items, such as her collection of Louis Vuitton shoes

In an emergency motion filed Monday Brady argues she is vulnerable to the virus due to her weight, her Asian ethnicity, being a former smoker and a current course of cortisone injections, The Providence Journal reports. 

Her ex husband, Warwick Fire Capt. Thomas Brady, is also said to be unable to care for their children, including one son who has special needs, the motion states.  

Brady’s lawyer Joanne M. Daley says: ‘Ms. Brady’s health vulnerabilities, combined with the hardships facing her children and their father as caretaker, rise to the level of an extraordinary and compelling reason to grant relief.’

Brady, pictured with her husband, cheated close friends, her stepbrother and firefighters by soliciting investments for her real estate management company, which she said had contracts for large-scale rehabilitation work on foreclosed properties across New England

Brady, 45, of East Greenwich, pleaded guilty in July last year to wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and obstructing an IRS investigation

Brady, pictured with her husband left and right, cheated close friends, her stepbrother and firefighters by soliciting investments for her real estate management company, which she said had contracts for large-scale rehabilitation work on foreclosed properties across New England

In reality, prosecutors said, Brady's firm was often hired by banks for small tasks like mowing grass or changing locks, and did no work on most projects for which she solicited investor funds. Her million dollar home is pictured

In reality, prosecutors said, Brady’s firm was often hired by banks for small tasks like mowing grass or changing locks, and did no work on most projects for which she solicited investor funds. Her million dollar home is pictured 

Brady's victims included her best friend from childhood, her best friend from law school, her stepbrother and a woman who was a grandmother-like figure to Brady's children, authorities said. Pictures from inside her home show her lavish lifestyle

Brady’s victims included her best friend from childhood, her best friend from law school, her stepbrother and a woman who was a grandmother-like figure to Brady’s children, authorities said. Pictures from inside her home show her lavish lifestyle 

In an emergency motion filed Monday Brady argues she is vulnerable to the virus as a former smoker, her weight, her Asian ethnicity and a current course of cortisone injections

In an emergency motion filed Monday Brady argues she is vulnerable to the virus as a former smoker, her weight, her Asian ethnicity and a current course of cortisone injections

Brady's ex husband, Warwick Fire Capt. Thomas Brady, is also said to be unable to care for their children, including one son who has special needs, the motion states. Their home is pictured

Brady’s ex husband, Warwick Fire Capt. Thomas Brady, is also said to be unable to care for their children, including one son who has special needs, the motion states. Their home is pictured

Judge McConnell has already rejected her April request for home confinement during the pandemic. Brady sobbed as she spoke in court, apologizing for her 'deep and wicked' actions, WPRI-TV reported. Brady has said her gambling addiction is to blame

Judge McConnell has already rejected her April request for home confinement during the pandemic. Brady sobbed as she spoke in court, apologizing for her ‘deep and wicked’ actions, WPRI-TV reported. Brady has said her gambling addiction is to blame

Judge McConnell has already rejected her April request for home confinement during the pandemic. 

Brady sobbed as she spoke in court, apologizing for her ‘deep and wicked’ actions, WPRI-TV reported. Brady has said her gambling addiction is to blame.

Her victim and former friend Melissa Coulombe said: 'I never, ever would have imagined she would have done this to me — to violate and take advantage of my implicit trust and friendship'

Her victim and former friend Melissa Coulombe said: ‘I never, ever would have imagined she would have done this to me — to violate and take advantage of my implicit trust and friendship’

Brady bought a one-way ticket to Vietnam as the case proceeded and was arrested the day before her scheduled flight, prosecutors said. 

Her victim and former friend Melissa Coulombe said: ‘I never, ever would have imagined she would have done this to me — to violate and take advantage of my implicit trust and friendship.

‘To think what her family is going through as a result of her selfish, disgusting behavior is beyond me. I was 100% blindsided by her actions. She is unbelievably strategic and manipulative.’  

Seeking the harshest sentence possible, the prosecutor wrote the sentence is justifiable because of the ‘insidious nature of defendant’s long-term fraud scheme, the unimaginable way in which she exploited close personal relationships to commit fraud, the devastating effects her fraud had on the victims, and the need for just punishment and adequate deterrence.’ 

‘There was no motive for defendant’s conduct other than pure, unadulterated greed,’ the prosecutor wrote. 

Brady has shown no remorse and as authorities closed in on her, she bought a one-way ticket to Vietnam, prosecutors had said.

Since she has been held, she has made 202 unauthorized phone calls from jail using the personal identification numbers of nine other inmates, prosecutors said.

Monique Brady with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (not related). In February a judge sentenced her to eight years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered her to pay nearly $5 million in restitution to her victims

Monique Brady with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (not related). In February a judge sentenced her to eight years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered her to pay nearly $5 million in restitution to her victims

Brady has shown no remorse and as authorities closed in on her, she bought a one-way ticket to Vietnam, prosecutors had said. Her opulent home is pictured

Brady has shown no remorse and as authorities closed in on her, she bought a one-way ticket to Vietnam, prosecutors had said. Her opulent home is pictured 

In reality, prosecutors said, Brady's firm was hired by banks for small tasks like mowing grass or changing locks, and did no work on most projects for which she solicited investor funds

In reality, prosecutors said, Brady’s firm was hired by banks for small tasks like mowing grass or changing locks, and did no work on most projects for which she solicited investor funds


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