FREEHOLD – Six people have been indicted for the theft of over $1.4 million from an elderly family member while under the families’ care, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
A Monmouth County grand jury returned an indictment against 57-year old Vincent Amato (Nephew) of Lincroft, 90-year old Concetta Amato (Sister) of Freehold, 55-year old Lorrie Martin (Vincent Amato’s business partner) of Matawan, 59-year old Maria Sanzillo (Niece) of Staten Island, 72-year old Peter Sanzillo (Nephew) of Staten Island, and 31-year old Alia Alquran (Great-Niece) of Florida. The six individuals have been charged with second degree Theft of Moveable Property, second degree Theft by Failure to make Required Disposition, second degree Theft of Identity, and second degree Conspiracy to Commit Theft of Movable Property.
An investigation discovered that, after the victim’s husband passed in November of 2012, Concetta and her son Vincent were named power of attorney and took control of the victim’s finances, due to the victim’s diminished mental capacities. Between September 2013 and July 2017, the five family members and Amato’s business partner Lorrie Martin, defrauded the victim of the majority of her estate.
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