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Report: Briarcliff Man Cashed Dead Father's Retirement Checks

Peter Spino will have a preliminary trial on Sept. 11 for fraudulently cashing his deceased father's retirement checks for almost 30 years.
Peter Spino will have a preliminary trial on Sept. 11 for fraudulently cashing his deceased father's retirement checks for almost 30 years. Photo Credit: Sarina Trangle

BRIARCLIFF, N.Y.-- A Briarcliff Manor man stands accused of cashing his dead father's railroad retirement checks for nearly 30 years, according to lohud.com .

Peter Spino, 77, claimed that he had been wiring the money to his father in Europe when federal agents questioned him last year.

Spino's father, Carmen, died on Sept. 11, 1983, however. Peter Spino never informed the Railroad Retirement board of his father's death and continued to collect $468,564.02, according to the lohud report.

Spino was arraigned in federal court in White Plains on Tuesday on charges of embezzlement, wire fraud, bank fraud and making false statements, according to the lohud report.

An RRB affidavit says Peter Spino told an RRB employee that his father was living in Europe and Africa when they began to investigate the matter.

When confronted by federal agents in September, Peter Spino originally stated that he was wiring the money to his father via Western Union. He later recanted and admitted that his father had died years earlier, according to the lohud report.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, Sept. 11.

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