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Westchester Woman Sentenced For Collecting $60K From Dead Mother's Pension

Rochelle Rose Photo Credit: Westchester County District Attorney's Office
A Mount Vernon woman avoided jail time after stealing from her mother's pension.

A Westchester woman admitted to stealing more than $60,000 from her dead mother’s pension payments and will avoid jail time.

Rochelle Rose, 41, who pleaded guilty to grand larceny in April, has been sentenced to five years probation, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr., announced. She also must pay $60,288 in restitution for stealing from the New York State and Local Retirement System following her mother’s death.

Rose, a Mount Vernon resident, stole the money by keeping her dead mother’s deposited pension checks and then expended them for her own personal use, including cellphone, utility bills, insurance and a car loan.

"Thanks to my partnership with District Attorney Scarpino, Ms. Rose is being held responsible for her actions and is now required to pay full restitution of the $60,288 she stole from her deceased mother's pension," DiNapoli said in a statement. "I thank the District Attorney and his team for their outstanding efforts on this case and in helping us root out those who deceive the retirement system."

Scarpino added, “We continue to work closely with the Office of NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli to weed out those who would steal from the people of New York. Our Investigations Division Economic Crimes Bureau, in partnership with OSC investigators, continues to get to the heart of these crimes so we prosecute them to the fullest to get justice for all New Yorkers.”

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