Biography - Frank Amodeo

Frank Amodeo was born in Detroit, Michigan. He was raised in Orlando, Florida. During high school, he served as the student advisory member to the Orange County School Board, was Student Council President for Oak Ridge High School, and obtained a national ranking as a competitive extemporaneous speaker.

Mr. Amodeo obtained a political science degree from the University of Central Florida. During college Mr. Amodeo established two businesses: a chain of five gift stores and a clock mechanism import business. In 1984, he sold these businesses and moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he attended Emory University's College of Law and at night participated in the Georgia State University's Doctoral Program in Quantitative Financial Economics.

In 1988, his father contracted cancer, which caused Mr. Amodeo to cut short his economics doctoral program. He took the Georgia Bar Exam and began practicing law. In the early 1990s, Mr. Amodeo became a preeminent bankruptcy attorney; instrumental in changing how child support collections were made on a national level, part of the vanguard in the use of lien stripping, and innovating how the IRS treats a codebtor when a codebtor is in bankruptcy. In less than three years his firm became one of the five largest bankruptcy firms in Atlanta and one of the top 100 in the country.

But this meteoric rise, crashed in an equally brilliant blaze of glory. In the mid, 1990s, Mr. Amodeo was disbarred, declared bankrupt, and convicted of mail fraud. In 1999, he was imprisoned for six months in the Federal shock incarceration program in Lewisburg, PA and then spent roughly seven months at the federal prison camp in Pensacola.

After leaving prison his wife, also an attorney, was on an assignment installing court systems in the former Soviet Republics. So for about a year he was a sole parent of his daughter and down-syndrome stepson.

Between the year 2000, when he borrowed $1,300 from a friend to get started again, and December of 2006, Mr. Amodeo would acquire more than 85 companies. By 2006 the conglomerate's revenues were nearly a billion dollars and altogether, they employed 40,000 people.

Despite his prior felony, Mr. Amodeo gained significant political and social responsibilities: he co-sponsored the bi-annual meeting of the heads of the States of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), he had responsibility for ensuring success of the "Seeds of Hope" Program in Afghanistan, he was a major contributor to restoring democracy in Africa's largest, most mineral rich country, and says one of his most treasured memories is playing basketball on the full-size court sitting atop of the United States Supreme Court.

At the time of his current offense, a government selected expert, valued his companies at 420 million dollars. One of these companies, however, owed more than 100 million dollars in unpaid taxes. This initiated a criminal investigation, which resulted in Mr. Amodeo’s current sentence of 270 months.

Originally the government targeted nearly 60 persons, but only Mr. Amodeo and six corporations were indicted. The government dismissed the indictment against the three corporations owned solely by Mr. Amodeo and the other 3 pleaded nolo contendre while expressly not admitting guilt.

Immediately after sentencing, Mr. Amodeo was placed in an Acute Mental Health Jail and then sent to Coleman-Low prison. Almost immediately, Mr. Amodeo became a clerk in the prison’s law library and began assisting other inmates with their legal work. In the typical fashion of a bipolar manic, Mr. Amodeo has in the last five years assisted well over a thousand inmates with more than 3,000 matters ranging from administrative remedies to writs of certiorari.

Amongst these 3,000 matters, he has been the primary advocate in 1,200 post-conviction criminal cases. To date he has lowered roughly 336 sentences, saving the inmates and the taxpayers over 600 years in unwarranted incarceration.

In March, the government returned two more of Mr. Amodeo’s companies to him and today he awaits hearing on vacating his conviction. Meanwhile, he eagerly awaits the disposition of 120 other people's convictions some of which he hopes (expects) will alter the judicial landscape in the areas of federal mail fraud, the application of the Armed Career Criminal Act, and the right to effective post-conviction counsel.