DiBritto, who had been hired for the $100,000-a-year UCLA job with what seemed to be excellent credentials, was really Fred Brito, a con man and five-time felon. UCLA detectives arrested Brito after a tip from the Los Angeles Police Department.
Brito, too, said he believes his true calling is as a priest. During the mid-1990s, he lived for several months with an order of Norbertine priests in Albuquerque, telling them he was nearly finished with his seminary training and wished to join their religious order. After trying to call a seminary Brito had said he attended in Mexico, the Norbertines discovered that there was no such seminary and that his transcripts had been falsified. The Norbertines asked him to leave.
SHADY PAST: Fred Brito in 1977, the year he committed his first felony. Later, a probation officer called him "highly manipulative."; NEW HORIZONS: Fred Brito, a 49-year- old five-time felon, says he is at a familiar crossroads. Should he go straight or scam again? He hopes that being open about his past exploits will make it difficult for him to continue his life of deceit.; PHOTOGRAPHER: Glenn Koenig Los Angeles Times; no caption; PHOTOGRAPHER: Glenn Koenig Los Angeles Times