Woman convinces husband he has Alzheimer’s to cover up $600K theft

HERE’S THE SCOOP:

  • A Connecticut woman is facing charges for stealing more than $600,000 from her husband’s bank account.
  • Donna Marino allegedly stole from her husband’s pension checks, workers’ compensation, and SSI over the past 20 years.
  • The man’s daughter notified police after discovering unauthorized credit cards in her father’s name.

A Connecticut woman is facing charges for stealing more than $600,000 from her husband’s bank account over the last 20 years. She covered her crimes and by convincing him that he had Alzheimer’s disease.

Authorities arrested Donna Marino for allegedly stealing from her ex-husband’s pension checks, workers’ compensation payments, and Social Security income. Elena Marino, the man’s daughter, notified the police when she discovered unauthorized credit cards in her father’s name.

“He’s looking at me and he’s going, ‘Honey, is this true? Am I broke?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, Dad, you are broke,’ and he’s crying,” Elena said. “Imagine your father crying to you. It was awful.”

“And he’s like, ‘Do I have Alzheimer’s?’ And I’m like, ‘Dad you do not have Alzheimer’s. She’s lying to you,'” Elena added.

“Donna explained when [her husband] wanted to go inside the bank to make a transaction, she told him the last time he went inside he made a scene due to his Alzheimer’s cisease, causing [him] not to go inside to avoid embarrassment,” Sgt. Gregory Borer said.

After his mother’s diagnosis, one of the man’s biggest fears had been developing Alzheimer’s. Although he had never seen a professional about it, his family history made it a lot easier for Marino to trick him.

The man filed for divorce shortly after the truth surfaced.

Investigators found that Marino deposited the stolen funds into her mother’s account. She told police that she used the money to “help her family.” Despite her claims, Marino faces one charge of first-degree grand larceny and one count of third-degree forgery. She’s due back in court on Nov. 29.

Source: New Haven Register

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