CLARK, NJ - Former Clark resident Anthony DiRobbio, 60 has been charged with misapplication of entrusted property, a second-degree crime according to a statement from acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and Clark Police Chief Pedro Matos.
A Union County grand jury delivered an indictment against Di Robbio, who currently resides in Silver Springs, Florida after an investigation revealed he was named trustee of a large inheritance fund for a juvenile relative, but allegedly illegally spent most of it for his own purposes in just over two years.
Officials said a joint investigation between the Special Prosecutions Unit of the Prosecutor’s Office and the Clark Police Department, started in October 2018. The investigation revealed that DiRobbio’s sister, a Woodbridge resident, died in June 2015 at the age of 72, leaving her entire estate in equal shares to her two grandsons, one an adult the other a minor.
The will established a trust for the minor’s share of the estate and named DiRobbio as trustee. The funds were to be released to the juvenile when he turned 25. According to the investigation, led by Prosecutor’s Office Sgt. Rudolfo Correia and Clark Police Sgt. Joseph Teston, the juvenile’s share of the estate amounted to over $85,000.
According to county officials, from the creation of the trust’s bank account in June 2016 through mid-November 2018, less than $10,000 was paid out for the benefit of the minor. Meanwhile, DiRobbio is said to have made cash withdrawals from the account amounting to more than $75,000, none of which went to the juvenile’s support or well-being. Investigators said, those funds disappeared and have not been recovered.
Convictions on second-degree criminal charges are commonly punishable by prison terms of 5 to 10 years in state prison, according to officials.
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