Somewhere in or around Rochester, or maybe beyond, is a hidden treasure that could be worth a quarter of a million dollars. No one knows where it is except the man who stole it.
34-year-old Jon Fontaine in 2012 pleaded guilty to stealing a collection of rare coins from a home in Fairport. The coins belonged to his then step-mother.
On Tuesday, June 20th, Fontaine is expected to appear in court for a restitution hearing.
"The purpose is so that a particular victim doesn't receive more than they're entitled to, but at the same time receives an appropriate amount for what they've lost," said Mark Foti, Fontaine's Lawyer.
A small number of the coins were found in Fontaine's truck which included Kopeks and Roubles and other rare coins from Russia. However, it's not clear where the rest of the treasure is. Police reportedly believe the coins are buried somewhere and have searched Lake Ontario using underwater metal detectors and even scoured local pawn shops.
We asked Fontaine's Lawyer what Fontaine knows. He said, "I can't really speak to that. I can say that there was a previous investigation while this case was originally pending."
Fontaine was sentenced to five years in prison for attempted burglary. He's expected to be released later this year. When he is, he'll be under orders to be restitution.
Fontaine has been in and out of prison since 2001 for charges that include burglary and attempted arson. In 2004, he made headlines around the country when he faked his own death in order to avoid prosecution for burglary. He wound up serving three years in prison, only to be arrested again for the theft of the rare coins.
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