A 63-year-old woman was arrested for fraud in Connecticut, USA, Monday, 27, after convincing her husband that he had Alzheimer’s for stealing from him for 20 years. According to the US police, Donna Marino received $600,000 ($3.38 million) from the victim.
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The “WFSB” announcer reported that she was charged with first-degree theft and third-degree forgery, for forging the husband’s signature on documents, pension checks, agreements and social security, as well as mortgaging certain belongings, such as jewelry and rare coins.
In her affidavit, the defendant explained that she deceived her husband with a false diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, believing that it would prevent him from going to the bank and finding out he had a poor credit. As for the money, she said she used it to defray the expenses of her relatives.
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When her husband asked her about the illness, Donna replied that he did not remember the doctor’s appointment. The man ended up believing because his mother suffered from this disease which can also infect him.
Suspicions of something wrong arose in 2019 after the victim’s daughter, identified as Elena, noticed her father’s credit ratings. However, a police complaint was only filed in March 2020, when the man reported that Donna had been controlling his savings since 1999. Investigators then verified that the woman had deposited his money into a bank account she kept secret. They also discovered that Donna used a power of attorney to defraud her income tax return in the victim’s name.
“He thinks about it now and then, he just can’t believe the shock,” said Elena, who took her father to Florida, where she lives. “He suffers”.
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