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Utica woman accused in Federal Court of stealing $36K from veteran's spouse

Posted 8/1/22

A Utica woman is accused of stealing more than $36,000 from the unwell spouse of a deceased veteran and the federal Department of Veterans Affairs ...

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Utica woman accused in Federal Court of stealing $36K from veteran's spouse

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UTICA — A Utica woman is accused of stealing more than $36,000 from the unwell spouse of a deceased veteran and the federal Department of Veterans Affairs, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Trina Gigliotti, 54, of Utica, pleaded not guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Andrew T. Baxter in Syracuse on Thursday to one count each of misappropriation by a fiduciary and theft of government property. Her case was adjourned with a tentative trial date for Sept. 26 in Utica.

Authorities said between July 2017 and March 2018, Gigliotti was the fiduciary to a beneficiary of compensation from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Authorities said Gigliotti misappropriated $36,129 in funds from a legally incompetent spouse of a deceased veteran.

Gigliotti faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if she is convicted.

Authorities said this case is part of the Elder Justice Initiative, whose mission is to support and coordinate the Department’s enforcement and programmatic efforts to combat elder abuse, neglect and financial fraud and scams that target the nation’s older adults.

Anyone with information about allegations of attempted fraud involving elders can call the National Elder Fraud Hotline at 1-833-372-8311.

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