Dutchess woman sentenced for stealing dead mother’s pension payments

POUGHKEEPSIE – A Pleasant Valley woman, who pled guilty to stealing close to $42,000 of her dead mother’s pension payments, was sentenced to three years of probation and agreed to pay full restitution.

Bonnie Robertson, 63, failed to notify the New York State and Local Retirement System of her mother’s death and continued to fraudulently collect her mother’s pension payments, beginning in 2013.

She pled guilty to petit larceny in July in Stanford Town Court.

“This was an egregious act,” said State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. Ms. Robertson kept her mother’s death a secret to steal her pension. She was caught and now she must repay the $42,000 she stole from the state retirement system.”

The Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office and State Police assisted the state comptroller’s office in the investigation.

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