Man Convicted In Local Scam Now Starring In Reality TV Show

Anthony Zoccolillo Appears In TLC Show 'Mama's Boys Of The Bronx'

A man the 10News I-Team helped put behind bars has a new career as a reality TV star.

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The I-Team learned Anthony Zoccolillo is one of the main characters on the TLC program "Mama's Boys of the Bronx," which premiered April 9.

The program features Italian-American men in their 30s who live at home with their mothers.

However, Zoccolillo's first TV appearance was in 2007, when he was caught leasing properties he didn't own to unsuspecting renters, pocketing their deposits. Zoccolillo and another man were convicted for their roles in the scheme in 2008.

Now, four years later, a 10News viewer, who declined to be identified for his own safety, was incensed to see the convicted criminal on TV.

"He bilks people out of money and now he gets a reality show? That's just not right," said the man, who works in the real estate industry. "It doesn't seem right."

Zoccolillo was videotaped by the 10News I-Team in 2007 as he entered a vacant house in Pacific Beach that he was trying to rent out. When he realized he was on camera, he took off running, refusing to answer the producer's questions.

He was later arrested and charged with conspiracy and grand theft. He was sentenced to two years in prison.

10News contacted a representative for TLC, who responded in an email: "TLC has no comment."

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