Connecticut woman, 63, is arrested for stealing $600,000 from husband of 20 years by tricking him into thinking he had ALZHEIMER’S and making up stories about his behavior
A Connecticut woman was arrested after she was accused of convincing her husband he had Alzheimer’s and stealing nearly $600,000 from his over the course of two decades.
Donna Marino, 63, was arrested Wednesday after her husband John, 73, approached the East haven Police Department in March 2020 to report a ‘large scale fraud,’ Capt. Joseph Murgo told the New Haven Register.
Following an investigation police discovered that Marino allegedly forged her husband John’s signature on a wide array of legal documents.
They included his pension checks, social security checks and worker’s compensation settlements, before depositing the funds in a secret bank account – all without him knowing.
Donna Marino, 63, (pictured) was arrested Wednesday after her husband John, 73, approached police in March 2020 to report a ‘large scale fraud’
Donna convinced John (pictured) he had Alzheimer’s Disease like his mother before him in an effort to keep him from going to the bank and noticing the low balances
Police say Marino was able to obtain Power of Attorney rights over her husband by having a friend who is a Notary Public fraudulently sign legal documents without John present.
She was able to use her status as his Power of Attorney to file taxes in his name and pawn his belongings without him being aware, the New Haven Register reported.
Over the course of 20 years Donna defrauded her husband of a total of $600,000, police said.
Police said the stolen money went towards helping her other family members with things such as rent, groceries and car payments behind her husband’s back.
John told police he did not become aware of the the alleged theft until March 2019, which was 10 years into their marriage.
John’s daughter Elena (pictured right) moved him to Florida but he is still dealing with the betrayal
John told police he did not become aware of the the alleged theft until March 2019, which was 10 years into their marriage
Donna was able to get away with her scheme for so long by taking advantage of John’s fear he would suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease like his mother before him in an effort to keep him from going to the bank and noticing the low balances.
John’s daughter Elena told WFSB.com that Donna was able to convince her father that he was diagnosed with the disorder by telling him that he simply did not remember going to the appointment where he was diagnosed.
‘She was making up stories in the morning telling him that he was running around the house chasing her. He was chasing her saying get out of my house I don’t know you,’ she said.
John’s granddaughter said that Donna used his family’s past history with the disease to gaslight him.
‘My great grandmother used to rip up mail, so she has said to my grandfather he was ripping up mail, so she went and got a PO box. So that’s why he never saw a bill,’ she told WFSB.com
John’s daughter moved him to Florida but he is still dealing with the betrayal.
‘He thinks about it just every so often he just can’t believe the trauma. He really has major.. he suffers,’ she said.
Donna was charged with first-degree larceny and third-degree forgery.
She was held in custody on $25,000 bond and was arraigned on Thursday.