(Westchester County Journal News) A man who cashed his dead father's retirement checks for nearly 30 years and pocketed roughly half a million dollars has been sentenced to a year of home confinement, followed by two years probation.
Peter Spino, 78, of Briarcliff Manor never told the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board to stop sending retirement payments to his father, who died in 1983, according to federal court records. As a result, the RRB sent about $468,640 to his father's bank account, from which Spino made regular withdrawals.
Spino, who pleaded guilty in March to a felony count of theft of government funds, was sentenced Aug. 12 in federal court in White Plains by U.S. District Judge Nelson Roman. The judge ordered Spino pay a $45,000 fine on top of full restitution, which he already paid.
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