A 63-year-old Connecticut woman was arrested for persuading her husband to have Alzheimer’s disease and stealing from him for 20 years. In all, she came to steal $600,000, about 3.38 million Brazilian reais, from the victim. According to international newspapers, she was charged with first-degree theft and third-degree forgery.
Donna Marino forged her husband’s signature on documents, checks, agreements, and Social Security. He also mortgaged her valuables, including rare jewelry and coins.
Donna testified that she falsified the diagnosis to prevent him from going to the bank to discover a small balance. The money could have been used for family members. The man had Alzheimer’s disease in his family, so he did not suspect the misdiagnosis.
In 2019, the financial transactions caught the attention of the victim’s daughter, but the police only entered the case in 2020, when the husband himself called the police to inform him that his wife had been in control of his finances for more than 20 years.
Police identified an account Donna kept secret, where the amount was deposited. She used a power of attorney to defraud her husband’s income tax returns. Today the man lives with his daughter in Florida. According to her, he “could not believe” what he experienced.
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