Mario the Grifter

July 12th, 2007 - 8:50am by Slye Fox

Remember this chap? In and out of everyone's lives like a bad storm. Here's a little photoshop fun, meme-cat style. He wears so many hats, it's amazing he can keep them all straight. (Oh yeah -- that's right he can't. Not for very long anyway.) Here are a few:

  • night club owner -- ie, Piccolinos -- remember he and his "business partner" from Philly are buying the Block E theater to turn into a two level downtown hotspot.
  • Italian mafia -- his Philly millionaire big boss, Jake Polantra, has a private jet, gives Mario a huge cash advance and provides a network of protecting thugs.
  • downtown high-roller -- from moving into the Falls across from Nye's to VIP lounging at Bellanotte's and the Annex, only Dom Pérignon and rubbing elbows with the owners will do.
  • Ferrari owner -- we all saw the pics in his cell phone. Right? The Ferrari that he kept in the garage but only drove when no one was around.
  • boating with Jim Caviezel -- in his cabin cruiser on the river. Another vehicle no one else got to see.
  • the yellow mustang -- purchased from the dealer so he wouldn't have to risk the Ferrari. Or was that just an e x t e n d e d test drive.
  • landscape contractor -- the business that was sold to invest in the night club amongst other things.
  • real estate investor -- "give me $10,000 and I'll double your money in less than a year." He has so many contacts through his Philly boss and the "contracting business" that you can't lose.
  • songwriter -- didn't win the "who's the new INXS band member" contest, but CBS bought his song and now he's represented by a Hollywood agent. The same one who handles Jim Belushi.
  • record producer -- started Watershed Records and promised to start Joy's and Vino's career amongst others.
  • fundraiser organizer -- for Autism Speaks. His band played for about a hundred close friends on New Years Eve and the event money went to fight autism. The donation was matched by KARE 11 and he was on the morning show to talk about it.
  • professional bullshit artist, aka. grifter -- classic case of delusional narcissistic disorder. Will cheat and lie to friends, family and anyone else willing to listen.

Hint -- only that last one is true. Aleksey Vayner may have gotten more publicity, but Mario has more victims. If you know this guy, be forewarned, your wallet is in jeopardy.

July 12, 2007 - 9:33am
Slye Fox says:

And now he's got two new hats:

Notice the small picture on that last one? Scary to think what doors this hat might open for him.

March 22, 2010 - 2:20pm
Anonymous says:
May 11, 2010 - 6:39pm
Slye Fox says:


From the Sun Patriot Times

By Amanda Schwarze

Staff Writer

The board of directors of a local nonprofit is reporting that funds may have been stolen from their accounts.

Search and Find Emergency Responders (SAFER) is a nonprofit program that uses electronic monitoring to help children with special needs and adults with Alzheimer's or dementia who have a tendency to wonder away from their caregivers. The people enrolled in the program receive a bracelet that emits a signal that can be tracked using special equipment.

Recently, the SAFER board released a statement that notes a “discovery of irregularities in their [SAFER's] financial records.”

The Board of Directors immediately performed its own internal investigation and then reported the discovery to the Carver County Sheriff's Office on March 17, 2010,” the statement notes.

According to the statement, “there is a single suspect that has been identified. Internal restructuring has already taken place and the suspect has been removed from the SAFER organization.”

The Carver County Sheriff's Office sent out a release stating that the SAFER board “reported a theft of more than $5,000 may have occurred within their organization.”

Carver County Sheriff Byron “Bud” Olson noted that his office asked the Dakota County Sheriff's Office to complete an independent investigation of the theft because some SAFER board members are employees of the Carver County Sheriff's Office. He also noted that his office has received training with the equipment used to track SAFER participants but, he added, no public money was committed to the program and the department has suffered no financial loss due to the alleged theft.

Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows said his department received information about the alleged theft March 25. As of March 29, Bellows said that incident was under investigation and he said that theft cases like this can take some time to investigate. He also said that to his knowledge nobody has been arrested or charged in the case.

When the SAFER program first started, organizers focused their efforts on Carver County residents. The first training session for SAFER responders - the people who would be called out to help track missing children or seniors - took place in late 2008 in Waconia. Since that time, SAFER has expanded to western Hennepin County and several public safety departments in both counties have received training. Community members and organizations have also supported SAFER and donated time and money to the effort. Most recently, an Oscars party fund-raiser for the organization was held March 7 at Lola's Lakehouse in Waconia.

SAFER Public Relations Director Paul Zunker said the organization would likely hold off on expanding the program further until the case is settled. He said that the board is committed to SAFER and to continue to offer services. The statement from SAFER's board also mentions the group's goal to keep the organization running.

“Each board member remains focused on the families and first responders who are in need of the products designed to protect those who are banded. We ask for your patience in this time of transition and reorganization,” the statement notes.

“SAFER is committed to maintain open and transparent lines of communication with the public as we move through this trying time. We are confident that with time and patience we will emerge from this and continue to offer this critical program to the families that need it,” the statement notes.

More information about SAFER is available on the organization's Web site at

Anybody care to guess who the "identified suspect" is? :)

May 12, 2010 - 7:17am
Anonymous says:

It is supposedly over $70,000 now not $5,000 as originally reported

May 12, 2010 - 9:42am
Slye Fox says:

That doesn't surprise me at all. He's a predator without morals or conscience.

May 12, 2010 - 3:59pm
Anonymous says:

Why doesn't the media pick up on the negative about this guy so people will know who he is and to stay clear of him.

May 13, 2010 - 3:23pm
Anonymous says:

This guy can't go to jail soon enough. Hopefully after he is charged he will be deported back to Canada.

May 18, 2010 - 3:21pm
Anonymous says:
May 18, 2010 - 5:47pm
Slye Fox says:

Good lord - really!? Can't wait for when Kare 11 airs the story on the missing S.A.F.E.R. funds. Maybe he'll put that on his blog too. lol

May 19, 2010 - 7:30am
Anonymous says:

Does anyone know when or if they are putting out a story on this?

May 26, 2010 - 2:19pm
Concerned Citizen says:

I had heard fox9 was going to do a story but SAFER persuaded them to hold off. I think some news station should just cover it anyways.

May 27, 2010 - 12:16pm
Anonymous says:

Just like I tell my kids.....if you can't be trusted in little things, you can't be trusted in bigger things.

Too bad we will never know how much the local Police Departments dropped into this guys pocket.

He is still pictured on the Minnetrista web site!!!! Of course, he did help the Trista PD get their fancy new taj mahal police station.

When are we gonna get rid of these stupid government officials who believe such yarns from scammers like Mario?

June 3, 2010 - 5:20pm
Anonymous says:

Fellow Readers, I do believe that Mario is a terrible cancer to any group he is associated with. With that said, please understand that there are many good people, both on the safer board and in volunteer capacity, that have give a lot of time and energy to the SAFER organization. As the investigation concludes and SAFER immerges from re-organization, please take the time to see what SAFER is all about and consider supporting a worthy cause. May “The Grifters” next scam involve the canteen funds in a cozy jail? We can only hope.

June 3, 2010 - 6:21pm
Slye Fox says:

I agree with you. The concept and practice behind the S.A.F.E.R. organization is a good idea and I'm glad it will be able to continue.

Visit their site here:

I hope no one is under the impression that nothing is being vilified here except Mario - who certainly has earned our scorn. I'll definitely look forward to hearing about his arrest.

July 7, 2010 - 11:57pm
Anonymous says:

Look out! He is at it again. According to his personal facebook page he is now a “sales manager” for a company called “Will Do Inc” out of St. Paul MN. Not sure if this is something he came up with himself, or if someone was dumb enough to give the guy a job. Any news of his pending indictment?

July 8, 2010 - 5:24pm
Concern Citizen says:

Here's the company website

Saw on his youtube channel he recently did a promo video. Somebody should really warn these folks before he scams all their customers.

Worried that this investigation is taking so long...

July 20, 2010 - 12:12am
Anonymous says:

I have heard that he investigation is done and that charges SHOULD be coming soon.

July 21, 2010 - 2:39pm
Concerned Citizen says:

I have also heard that the charges SHOULD be coming soon. My fingers are crossed that they will come SOON.

July 21, 2010 - 6:57pm
Slye Fox says:

This is great news, (about potential charges). If any of you hear anything, please keep me informed. I'd love to see a bit of real justice and retribution for this ass.

July 22, 2010 - 5:55pm
Anonymous says:

Looks like 8 felonies. God bless Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom.

July 22, 2010 - 6:51pm
Concered Citizen says:

Thank you Dakota County! If he can only be charged with $29000 who knows how much he actually stole. Too bad we have to wait till September for his court appearance.

July 22, 2010 - 6:54pm
Anonymous says:

It aired on Karen 11 today I feel ashamed to know this man.

July 22, 2010 - 7:04pm
Anonymous says:

What a sicko! He needs to be stopped and according to his track record only prison will do that! Unfortunately, he'll probably plead it down to 90 days in the work house and couple years of probation. What a dink.

July 22, 2010 - 8:02pm
Anonymous says:

Channel 5 did a nice little video piece on him too. Hope he gets help.

July 22, 2010 - 8:35pm
Slye Fox says:

From KSTP's website:

Man Accused of Stealing from Nonprofit He Created

A Carver County man is accused of stealing from a nonprofit he helped created.

36-year-old Mario Cortolezzis is charged with theft and theft by swindle.

Prosecutors say he used his position as director of "Search and Find Emergency Rescuers" to steal $29,000 from the group.

The nonprofit helps police find adults and children with special needs, if they go missing.
Earlier this year, the board of directors went to authorities after financial records didn't match up.

Cortolezzis told police he used the money for personal use.

This is so incredibly satisfying. A friend called me on her way home from work to say she'd heard the news on the radio. It totally made my day! Let's hope that he gets to rot in jail for a while. I'd guess he must do time in jail and not prison, right? Jail is much worse, just ask the Badger.

And furthermore, let's hope he doesn't get the opportunity to skip the country. Rumor has it he's not even a legal citizen, (being born in Italy, raised in Canada, and tagging along on his wife's visa when she got a nursing job in Minnesota.)

Thanks for all the updates above, it's nice to know I'm not the only one having an extra cocktail in celebration tonight! Even if it's because we've all been screwed by this ass in some way.

July 22, 2010 - 8:57pm
Slye Fox says:

And here's the official complaint in pdf format detailing how he was caught and what he did exactly.

July 23, 2010 - 6:30am
Anonymous says:

where is it ?

July 23, 2010 - 1:32pm
Slye Fox says:

Click the blue link, "here's", in the comment above.

July 23, 2010 - 1:49pm
Slye Fox says:

Here is Mario's cameo from the KSTP news last night. Download it in in .mov format and enjoy. ;)

And for all the "ashamed" people. Don't be. All of us commenters here including myself were all bowled over by this guy. Mario has a ton of charisma and is quite the charmer. I knew him for a full year as good friends before I found out his shady ways. Plenty of pics from the past with me hanging out with Mario at fancy clubs downtown. Just be glad we all found before the losses were any worse. And take comfort in the fact that his name has now been tarnished throughout the cities by having his mug plastered all over the networks last night. :)

July 22, 2010 - 9:20pm
Anonymous says:

This guy is scum, i am personally embarrassed to know him and to have trusted him in any way. What's worse, he stole not only from a company which he helped found, his own SON has autism also. Who knows how many other people he owes money to and have stolen from, there is no way in hell they will ever see their money back. I personally know several people that he owes money to.......i hope this piece of news brings them some satisfaction.

July 23, 2010 - 11:57am
Anonymous27 says:

This guy is scum and I too am ashamed to have known him. I feel awful that I fell for his lies. I always had a gut feeling he was bad news. I even supported him at one of the SAFER fundraisers in Hamburg. I'm sure my donation helped pay his mortgage!! URG!

July 23, 2010 - 8:03pm
Anonymous says:

Finally this guy gets charged! His name and face plastered over the news and local newspapers is so gratifying. He is a narcissistic sociopath who will never change-he is probably swindling someone as we speak. Best thing for him would be to spend time in jail followed by a quick deportation. Mario, if you ever read this, please know you are finally getting a little taste of what you deserve!! It looks good on you!

July 25, 2010 - 5:18pm
Slye Fox says:

Here's the Pioneer Press's take:

They even mention this blog entry. :)

July 25, 2010 - 5:38pm
Anonymous says:

Goobermaster.......U DA MAN for exposing this scumbag

July 26, 2010 - 7:35am
Concerned Citizen says:

I totally agree that Mario is a sociopath and probably really does believe he did nothing wrong. I also have no doubt he is swindling some one right now.

Congrats Goobertech on the Pioneer Press nod!

July 26, 2010 - 11:10am
Anonymous says:

Oh you should have seen his face when I told him that the $5k donation from a reputed local company was going directly to Autism Speaks instead of through him. That's when I drew my escape plan. Not sure where the kare11 funds were deposited!! Hope his time in jail scares the hell out of him - maybe someone should go Pulp Fiction on him.

July 29, 2010 - 9:44pm
Anonymous says:
July 30, 2010 - 12:59am
Anonymous says:

He still doesn't get it, even after seeing himself on the news and in all the local newspapers. He proudly showcases on Facebook how much he loves his children and all places he takes them. Really just stolen money he spends on them. Recently he stated how much he loves them "since they just love me, without judging me." Really?? So he thinks. Just wait until they get older and start putting it all together. Not exactly a father a child could be proud of. Of all his crimes, one of the most difficult to understand is how he manipulated, lied and cheated his friends (and still is). The very people who make a living by keeping scum like him off the street. He worked his way into their lives by telling them what they wanted to hear. He shared their hobbies, had the same values, regularly discussing how he was a Christian and how important God was to him. If any of that is true, I hope he realizes that where there is a heaven, there is a hell and there may very well be a place there waiting for him.

September 2, 2010 - 10:34am
Anonymous says:

Liar, theif, cheat, steal from your own children, you are pathetic. You will get yours soon, very soon.

August 2, 2010 - 7:53pm
Concern Citizen says:

I just wanted to write a quick note asking people to write to Will Do Inc. Restoration telling them its unacceptable that they employ Mario Cortolezzis. Especially because this is a field of business that he has scammed people before.

Here is there website:

August 6, 2010 - 4:30pm
Anonymous says:

Mario has now conned the owners of WillDo into letting him operate Mario's already once failed video production company under WillDo's company. Someone has GOT to let WillDo know whats going on. Does anybody know them?

August 3, 2010 - 10:35pm
Anonymous says:
August 5, 2010 - 11:53am
Anonymous says:

Everyone sleeping??

August 6, 2010 - 4:28pm
Anonymous says:

Well, he is STILL at it. I guess if you can't make it on your own because everyone knows you will scam them, just bring some new unsuspecting person who has worked hard to build their business down with you. Can you believe this???

August 8, 2010 - 7:53pm
Concerned Citizen says:

I highly doubt that Will Do Inc actually let him use there name as part of a "video production" division. He prob just did it cause he didn't want to use his name right now with his scam hitting the news. I don't know anyone at Will Do but wonder if they are shady too if they are willing to work with him

August 8, 2010 - 7:56pm
Anonymous says:

Does any one know the any of the names of the people involved in Mario's old construction company Great Lakes Contracting?

August 9, 2010 - 7:35am
Concerned Citizen says:

I don't know the names, but if you run his court records thru MN's public site you can see the name of people who have judgements against him and that may be some of them...

August 13, 2010 - 11:07pm
Anonymous says:
August 16, 2010 - 12:06pm
Concerned Citizen says:

I think Mario wrote this back in May I read it back than so that maybe why people haven't replied to this. Yeah after reading this it just confirmed how delusional he is. So full of himself he thinks he can do no wrong! Let's hope the prosecutor gives him what he deserves.

August 21, 2010 - 3:17pm
Anonymous says:

You're right! The sad part about this is it looks like he wrote this AFTER everything with SAFER was out there, so he is defending himself saying that people are being quick to judge him before they really know what happened. REALLY??? He stole money from needy families!! There's no excuse for that.

August 30, 2010 - 2:35pm
Anonymous says:

Looks like Will Do Restoration likes being associated with a thief and scammer.

September 2, 2010 - 10:32am
Anonymous says:


September 8, 2010 - 7:49am
Concerned Citizen says:

check out Will Do Restoration's new website. Looks like Mario is the new sales manager. The company even gives back to charity. ugh makes me sick. People better watch out for this latest scam!

September 11, 2010 - 8:22am
Anonymous says:

Not sure that WillDo really knows what theyve gotten themselves into
Could be a legit compamy who just needs someone to tell them.

September 13, 2010 - 3:04pm
Anonymous says:

Anybody notice on his facebook that he filmed his maybe 10 year old daughter singing "I wanna make love right now" while he's driving 60mph down the road? Then he recently bragged about how he taught her how to shave her legs? Ummmm HELLOOOOOOOOO!!!????

September 13, 2010 - 5:52pm
Slye Fox says:

That's really not okay. "M" is sweet little girl. Let's hope she spends much more time with her Mom than with her Dad.

Also - is his facebook still active? If so, then he blocked me from even being able to search it.

September 14, 2010 - 7:47am
Concerned Citizen says:

Yeah he does still have it but if you aren't friends with him I don't think you can see it at all.

September 16, 2010 - 9:20pm
Anonymous says:

yea his facebook is still active, and he writes on it like nothing is happening......true scumbag !

September 16, 2010 - 9:23pm
Slye Fox says:

I sure am looking forward to hearing about tomorrow's results!

September 13, 2010 - 5:55pm
Slye Fox says:

Soooo looking forward to Friday! Watch the news in the evening, I hear there'll probably be another clip.

Also - exciting news! I've been in contact with most of you directly about it (or trying to), but if you have a victim story of your own, let me know. I'll make sure that it's broadcast for everyone to hear. Use my contact form to get in touch and I'll tell you more...

September 17, 2010 - 4:51pm
Anonymous says:

soooooo what happend with the scumbag today ? Did he show up in court ?

September 17, 2010 - 6:04pm
Slye Fox says:

He was there - and I hear his wife was too.

He did not enter a plea. Which means he does not contest the charges against him, but does not admit guilt either. This leaves it to the court to provide evidence of his guilt for the verdict. The new court date is October 27th.

I imagine this potentially works against him, as he can no longer enter a plea agreement and will face the full charges if the court finds him guilty according to the evidence. I guess we'll see...

September 19, 2010 - 6:40pm
Concerned Citizen says:
September 19, 2010 - 7:18pm
Anonymous says:

OMG! You know Mario wrote that piece himself right? He used to pretend to be other people in order to pull off his various scams and he's doing the same thing on the ripoff website! What an asshat! Not to mention sick in the head!

September 19, 2010 - 11:29pm
Slye Fox says:

Agreed. The rebuttal to this latest Mario Rip-off-report has his stink all over it. He's not even clever enough to mask his own typical grammar mistakes. Fuck him. Let him take the chance with the court system's evidence and hopefully go rot in jail for a long time. We will see...

And whatever "Will Do Restoration's" take on this whole fiasco is probably irrelevant. Anyone googling this ass-hat's name will quickly find out all they need to know.

Stick it up your ass, Mario, your time has come.

September 24, 2010 - 7:02am
Anonymous says:

Jail is not enough...there has to be some restitution, as in... seizure of property. I hope he meets allot of fine fellas in prison if he goes there, they will be more than welcome to take "something" from him. Good luck with telling your children that daddy was a con artist and a thief......they will figure it out soon enough.

September 20, 2010 - 9:13am
Anonymous says:

Someone should post a rebuttle to his rebuttle and let him know we're on to him!

September 20, 2010 - 4:13pm
Anonymous says:

Why dont some of the people on here write rebuttals to that rip off report? Could help.

September 21, 2010 - 7:40am
Anonymous says:

I wrote a rebuttal but I wish it would just come up when you search his name instead of having to search "will do inc restoration"

September 20, 2010 - 6:24pm
Anonymous says:

He lives in a fantasy world. he will do his time very soon.

September 20, 2010 - 9:08pm
Anonymous says:

Here's a different site were he talks about his son with autism. It's also got Willdo's name on it as well. Prison is the only thing that will stop him!

September 20, 2010 - 9:14pm
Anonymous says:
September 21, 2010 - 7:38am
Concerned Citizen says:

Here's another google profile:

Notice how it says he grew up in different places? What's wrong with this guy. I seriously this he is so narcissistic that he thinks people wont realize his lies.

September 25, 2010 - 4:59am
Anonymous says:

Mario grew up in Manitouwadge, Ontario. He did live in Treppo Carnico for a few years, in his grandfather's home with his family, but most of his life he lived in Manitouwadge. He moved to the states after he got married and his wife found work down there.

September 21, 2010 - 1:08pm
Anonymous says:

Actually, he could be making all these profiles for another reason too: for when his name is searched on the net. So that instead of coming up with all the negative press regarding his theft charges or scams people come up with all these half completed blogs and profiles. Maybe a way of watering down what's out there on him....

September 21, 2010 - 3:31pm
Anonymous says:

he is sick, nothing can help him now but some good prison time and fines.

September 24, 2010 - 1:02am
Anonymous says:

Wow- is this guy for real? I would think that he is referring to the investigation that was happening then. Um- hello! Investigators can have emails from your accounts. When companies let people go, they go through that persons corporate email account all the time because a corporate email account belongs to the company; NOT to the person who was canned. Is there really a parallel universe that he is in? This doesn't even make any sense!

September 26, 2010 - 5:52pm
Anonymous says:

Mr. Cortolezzis admits that he has made mistakes and is not perfect. Admirable except that he keeps making the same mistake over and over again and is clearly not learning from the past. I think the only way he will ever be able to feel good about himself is to take responsibility for any wrong doing he may have done instead of giving excuses and trying to get people to feel sorry for him. He has caused alot of pain to many innocent people who don't deserve it, including his mother. Mr. Cortolezzis, if you read this, try giving to society instead of taking away from it. And remember it doesn't matter what you say or what excuse you give, all that matters is what you do.

October 22, 2010 - 1:24pm
Anonymous says:

countdown to the days until jail. hahahahahahahahahahHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA

October 22, 2010 - 1:35pm
Slye Fox says:

Indeed it is. Believe me, I'll be waiting to hear the results.

October 25, 2010 - 9:47am
Concerned Citizen says:

Jail can't come soon enough for a guy like this. Anyone else notice how he is trying to dilute the results when you google his name?

October 28, 2010 - 8:42am
Anonymous says:

anyone know how his court date went? wasn't it yesterday?

October 28, 2010 - 2:42pm
Anonymous says:

Mario's lawyer needed more time to go over all the evidence the next hearing is Dec 2

October 28, 2010 - 5:47pm
Anonymous says:

How does he egt things removed from Google about him? This was at the bottom of page 2 of teh Google results for his name:

In response to a complaint we received under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, we have removed 1 result(s) from this page. If you wish, you may read the DMCA complaint that caused the removal(s) at

November 1, 2010 - 7:34am
Concerned Citizen says:

I saw that on the bottom of my google search results too but not sure what that is either. Anyone know?

November 3, 2010 - 7:20pm
Anonymous says:

Anyone can complain to google to remove links to news article or video listed in the results: "I have learned that your service is hosting site links on your network. These sites are offering direct links to files containing recordings for other users to download. I have a good faith belief that the activity is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law. I request that you remove the infringing links from your system.

November 16, 2010 - 12:42am
Anonymous says:

The more people click on the stories that ARE on Google, the higher that particular story will rank in the returns. Google isn't stupid. They can look at the article in question and determine if it is actually in violation of anything. Click on those links people!!

November 4, 2010 - 5:12pm
Anonymous says:

sure thing Mario, I'll get right on it

November 8, 2010 - 10:14am
Anonymous says:

Mario, I know you are following this page, and you must be paraniod! As a request for your pride, (I know I'm asking a lot) please stop wearing SAFER clothing in public. Haven't you hurt this organization enough? Its also been interesting to hear that you are driving a new vehicle. Maybe you should focus on saving your $ to repay the families that you cheated! How much longer are you going to take advantage of a young 20 year old? Fresh out of high school, probabally never experienced true love. She is just a kid Mario! You're taking away her ability to experience life. You're setting her up for failure. You've also been seen a lot in public with your reported ex-wife....interesting. Invite God into your life, and stop letting Satan be your co-pilot.

November 8, 2010 - 5:07pm
Anonymous says:

Is this becoming like the Denny Hecker case, where the "suspect" has months to move assets to the girlfriend and friends before they are seized?

November 9, 2010 - 9:09am
Concerned Citizen says:

The prosecutors are giving him a chance to get the money. If you think Mario is moving assets think again he has no assets to be seized. All the prosecutors are doing is giving him time to weasel money from people once again to get himself out of trouble.

As sad as it is that good people are out the money they donated, making him pay back the money wont help. Only jail will keep him from stealing from more people.

November 8, 2010 - 9:28pm
Anonymous says:

I'm sure the 20 yo is a co-signer, and she will be taken to the cleaners as well.

November 11, 2010 - 8:20pm
Anonymous says:

Ex-wife, that's a good one. She is just as paranoid as he is, she knows that if he is convicted of a felony the whole family gets booted out of the USA because he is here on her work visa.

November 9, 2010 - 8:53am
Anonymous says:

Before you judge the "girlfriend" lets just remember how easily Mario was able to con grown men and sheriffs no less. Do you honestly think 20 year old really stand a chance?

November 11, 2010 - 8:38pm
Slye Fox says:

I suggest everybody pick up a copy of the Citypages next Wednesday (Nov. 17th). ;)

Think you'll all appreciate one of the articles in there.

Can also be viewed online after that date.

November 16, 2010 - 6:50pm
Anonymous says:

A 20 year old?!?! I think I just threw up in my mouth! God help her!

November 16, 2010 - 10:24pm
Anonymous says:

NEW CAR ? He's driving a new car ? Where did the money come from for that ?

November 17, 2010 - 8:41am
Anonymous says:

I looked at citypages...didn't see anything...where is it???

November 17, 2010 - 3:07pm
Slye Fox says:

I've just learned that the article has been pushed back a week, so check out the City Pages next week. It's published every Wednesday.

November 17, 2010 - 9:46am
Anonymous says:

Looks like Paws Inn Resort in New Germany, MN is getting pretty friendly with Mario. Check out their videos:

Worst part is the owner has been told multiple times what a scum bag this guy is!

I also saw he is there Santa this year. YUCK.

November 17, 2010 - 6:19pm
Anonymous says:

What the hell is his involvement with Paws Inn Resort ? I hope they are smart enough to see right through this scumbag......he is a predator and doesn't give a shit about anyone except for lining his pockets with cash so he can impress people.

November 24, 2010 - 8:59am
Concerned Citizen says:
December 3, 2010 - 5:23pm
Anonymous says:

what next are you going to go after the store he shops at were he gets his hair cut? You are being very slanderous with comments. Stick to your topic.

November 17, 2010 - 2:34pm
Anonymous says:

OMG I wouldn't even let my animals near him!

November 17, 2010 - 6:49pm
Anonymous says:

Just add it to the list of businesses we will all boycott that choose to be associated with criminals. 1. Willdoinc. 2. Paws INN. This is Paws Inn phone number (952) 353-8006. Please feel free to contact them and let them know what we all thing of Mario.

November 17, 2010 - 10:44pm
Anonymous says:

The citypages online version is not yet available,
Please check back tomorrow:

November 17, 2010 - 11:02pm
Slye Fox says:

As stated a bit earlier, the article we're interested in has been pushed back a week. Check the City Pages again next Wednesday. November 24th.

November 19, 2010 - 5:38pm
Anonymous says:

He's a L O O S A H!!!

November 24, 2010 - 8:49am
Concerned Citizen says:

Just read the CityPages article. Mario Cortolezzis makes me so sick. What a disgusting person. A man who uses his disabled son to still from families with other disabled children, you can't get more immoral than that.

Mario we have every right to give you cold looks at the grocery store you deserve much worse.

November 24, 2010 - 5:38pm
Anonymous Donor says:

1. SAFER's 501(c)(3)paperwork had never been filed??
If he told people donations were tax deductible, does that make it tax fraud?
2. cold looks in the store.
Better than hot lead or cold steel in the alley, Mario

November 24, 2010 - 10:27am
Slye Fox says:

Thanks to Jessica at the City Pages for her article on Mario:

Mario Cortolezzis rips off autism charity he founded for his son

I take great satisfaction in knowing that a bit of his history of this sort of activity has been shared with the populace. :)

November 24, 2010 - 10:32am
Anonymous says:

Mario, you just don't get it. Listen to your comment, "It's not like I went to a nursing home and stole money out of everybody's purse as they were sleeping."

No Mario, you stole from the families and agencies that supported SAFER. You have some serious mental health issues. Just as you stated that you have returned to church, please return to your psychologist.

November 24, 2010 - 11:30am
Anonymous says:

wtf, yah it is like you stole from a nursing home, only worse, from your own family! you idiot, go to jail already.

November 24, 2010 - 12:56pm
Anonymous says:

What a relief to finally see him exposed for what he is... I hope this article goes national so the rest of the country can admire you, you can run but you can't hide you lowlife cockroach ! You time has come and you have run out of options, now it's payback time finally. Even if you beat the rap and don't go to jail, people in the street will recognize you and some of them might want to hurt you, it would be safer if you went to jail and served your time, than disappear back to Canada where you belong. I feel so sorry for your wife/children and parents, they will have to bear the brunt of what you did to them.

November 24, 2010 - 1:12pm
Anonymous says:

I saw Mario driving around in a ARI Construction truck the other day. Looks like he has a new employer.

I'm worried that having a "full-time" job with cause the judge to give Mario leniency.

November 24, 2010 - 1:28pm
Anonymous says:

Yah he'll probably be at that job until he steals what he thinks is his, then move on to the next idiot who will hire him. i hope he gets more than 180 days in jail. not enough.

November 26, 2010 - 9:59am
Anonymous says:

Hey- whats going on with this site????

November 26, 2010 - 10:03am
Anonymous says:

I keep getting error messages from this site saying that it has been "unhosted" from the web host.

November 26, 2010 - 10:41am
Slye Fox says:

Although I did get slammed with a ton of traffic from the City Pages article, the site is running fine for me and others that I'm aware of. Goobertech is certainly not "unhosted" or anything like that and never will since I'm my own host. I can't say why you're having trouble.

November 26, 2010 - 10:04am
Anonymous says:

There's no comments on the CityPages article site yet!!???

November 26, 2010 - 10:39am
Slye Fox says:

Yes - there were 6 comments posted on the first day of publication. They use javascript to load. Maybe you need to refresh your browser or clear or internet cache.

November 26, 2010 - 10:46pm
Anonymous says:

So they were able to only charge him with about 29K out of 46K that was missing......what happened to the other 15K or so that is gone ? Are you serious ? He probably pissed that away also. To the bimbo air head that is dating this dumb fuck, i hope you are reading this, so here is some solid advice for you : RUN AWAY FROM THIS GUY AND DON'T LOOK BACK and don't forget to take that vehicle you just co-signed your life away for him, just grab the keys and drive far far as you can go, you will be happy you did.

November 27, 2010 - 4:30pm
concerned citizen says:

I think you should think twice before calling this poor young girl a "bimbo air head". I mean seriously guy think of who this Mario is. even the sheriffs who were involved in this they trusted this guy so much they didn't even do a back ground check that would have clued him in on what kind of scum mario is. Next time you offer advice consider that the people who are still involved with him are being victimized as we discus this. You don't need to victimize them more by insulting them.

That said I fully agree she should take her car and run.

November 27, 2010 - 9:01pm
Anonymous says:

How do you know i'm a "guy"? But seriously, with all do respects "concerned citizen" you are correct in saying that about people that may still with him so with that said...if she is still with him after all that's been documented, she's not only an air head bimbo but an air head bimbo that is stupid.

November 29, 2010 - 8:42am
Concerned Citizen says:

I don't know if your a "guy" but really it doesn't matter. I know you feel as if you are justified in insulting people you don't know. But really this young girl is with him after several months of documented scams, what does that make his wife? How many years were they together even after he had been sued for multiple scams? If you are calling this girl a bimbo there are other women in his life that you should deal out that same title too. What about the cops that were to blinded by his charm to see through the blatant lies? Everyone can look back and say I wish I would have questioned this or that or done something different. That doesn't change the fact that they are victims.

Let's not forget the man responsible for all of this is Mario. He is the immoral bastard who has scammed grown men and women for years. I can tell you are mad as hell so am I. I just wish that you would focus that on the person that deserves it.

November 29, 2010 - 9:44am
Anonymous says:

All right Citizen, you made your point and i stand corrected, maybe i lost sight of things a bit. But you cannot compare his wife to someone he's just dating and using though, as his wife and mother of his children don't you think perhaps she was compelled a bit to stay as long as she had to ? As for this girl, if she's still with him after knowing everything, i hope someone opens her eyes soon, let's face it: he probably does not give a damn about her and as soon as she's no longer of financial use to him, he'll take a dump on her, i just hope it's not too late for her to RUN as far as she can.
At least you and i do have the same thing in common as far as he's concerned, but i do have to shake my head at the people that are still involved with him, i don't want them to make the same mistakes as everyone else did and i did, I too was one of the stupid ones.

November 29, 2010 - 9:51am
Anonymous says:

So when is the next court date or appearance ? Does anyone know ?

November 29, 2010 - 10:37am
Anonymous says:

Next court date is Dec 2nd. Hopefully we will get a plea finally

November 30, 2010 - 3:18pm
Anonymous says:

Ooh 2 days and counting, SLAM!

November 30, 2010 - 9:57pm
Anonymous says:

Justice... please...

December 1, 2010 - 9:02am
Anonymous says:

I hope the people prosecuting him do their jobs !!!! He must pay for his actions and be held accountable. Some time in jail 30-60-90 days with restitution is not punishment, 5-8 years with full restitution would. Justice must be done !!

December 1, 2010 - 2:22pm
Concerned Citizen says:

I wouldn't hold your breath for jail time unless the judge comes through to deal out some justice. Honestly I think Mario will pretty much walk unfortunately.

December 1, 2010 - 2:49pm
Anonymous says:

He can walk but he can't hide !!

December 2, 2010 - 10:21am
Anonymous says:

Another continuance.

December 2, 2010 - 10:28am
Slye Fox says:

Well that's disappointing. Know when the new date is?

December 2, 2010 - 11:29am
Anonymous says:

After Christmas I believe its the 28th

December 2, 2010 - 2:53pm
Anonymous says:

WHAT A F_______JOKE !!! Absolutely unbelievable how he's beating the rap so far.

December 2, 2010 - 3:02pm
Anonymous says:


I work for an airline in northern Ontario. My company lost $10000 to Mario for a purchase of a back up generator for our hanger. This was yet another failed business of Mario's. I know of many other people who bought generators through him and Propower that never received the product. I would like to know who to contact about this so I can save my name at my work, as I has held responsible for the $10000 that was lost.

December 2, 2010 - 6:03pm
Anonymous Donor says:

RE: Another Victim, Purchase of a backup generator
When did it happen?
Which company of Mario's was this through?
The fastest result may be through Minnesota civil court.
You may not get the money, but might get a written judgement deflecting the blame off you.
Its also important to document the claim so it can be added to the restitution on the criminal case.

December 22, 2010 - 3:56pm
Slye Fox says:

You should contact me with the contact link below. I may have some info about Power Generator Sales that could help. I can email that directly to you.

December 5, 2010 - 10:13am
Anonymous says:

Anybody notice the really family oriented Facebook posts by Mario lately? Ploy to look better to the judge?

December 6, 2010 - 1:57am
Anonymous says:

nah, a judge ain't gonna care about his facebook page. Besides he has it set to private so if you're not a friend you can't see it anyways. If he's posting family oriented stuff all he's trying to to is to look better to the people who ARE his friends and know about his evil deeds and trouble with the law. It's just a show, pretend, makebelieve. For mario it's all about his "image" and his ego :/ Also, he doesn't do ANYTHING without there being some kind of ulterior motive or hidden agenda AND of course it must benefit HIM. He only cares about himself.

December 6, 2010 - 2:04am
Anonymous says:

I'm not sure what pics are up on his Facebook. I am not on the "inner circle" so thus I'm not able to see it. I have heard form people that are though that there is a TON of family stuff up there all of a sudden. I was just asking to see if someone here has seen them.

December 14, 2010 - 9:26pm
Anonymous says:

keep in mind his children are innocent in all of this. What you may/may not see in Facebook is not the real Mario, he is trying to be a dad to his children but behind all that, his mind is always working.......not to be trusted !!!

December 15, 2010 - 7:14pm
Anonymous says:

does anyone know who Mario is working for now? I wonder if they know there customers are in danger? maybe they give time off for jail.

December 16, 2010 - 8:11am
Anonymous in carver says:

Around the end of november he was seen in an ARI Construction truck.
I don't know if he is an employee or a temp contractor.
My concern is that Mario may have bluffed his way in to yet another company.
If the company knows of his past and accepts it as a known risk, thats ok.

December 20, 2010 - 9:25am
Unamed says:

I do not think he for this company ARI any more, he is believed to now work for another construction company, perhaps another roofer i think...they are storm chasers that like to make a quick buck. In other words, they are made for each other.

December 21, 2010 - 10:17pm
A Stranger says:

yeah...ok mario...

December 20, 2010 - 10:54am
Concerned Citizen says:
December 22, 2010 - 3:44pm
Annon says:

Not sure where that video came from as only a certain number of people have that or know where that was from. But that was a show done by the Minnetrista Reserves that Mario was the host of. And there were no products there that he was marketing (as it says on the You Tube channel), it was a show about water safety. If you are going to post things, at least get your facts straight. I am as disgusted with this whole situation as anybody else. But when you start inserting facts that are not true, it's lying which is exactly what Mario did; along with lots of other things. But lets at least keep our comments here accurate and truthful.