Stealing from a priest sounds pretty sleazy, but you know what sounds even slimier? Stealing from your priest cousin, who's given you power of attorney because he's dying of cancer and can't take care of himself. That's the allegation leveled at one John Orlando, who gets bonus scoundrel points for being a Long Island politician. Orlando, a village trustee in tony Bellport, was hit with a 74-count indictment yesterday that accused him of writing checks to himself and making unauthorized ATM withdrawals from the account belonging to his cousin, the late Rev. James D'Amato of Brooklyn. According to the Post, Orlando even bounced two $60,000 checks that were supposed to pay for D'Amato's nursing-home care. He pleaded not guilty in Brooklyn Supreme Court yesterday, but despite the fact that his cousin forgave him, he's being held in lieu of $200,000 bail.
Long Island Pol Accused of Stealing from Dying Priest
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