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NY Post
New York Post
11 Mar 2023

NextImg:Woman charged with stealing $246K in pension payments to dead LI police detective dad, buying Benz, 7-bedroom house

A late Long Island police detective’s daughter is charged with stealing $246,000 in pension payments after his death and using the ill-gotten gains to buy a luxe Mercedes Benz and a “gorgeous” seven-bedroom house, officials said.

Alayne Bertolino, 48, whose dad was Nassau County Police Detective Joseph Bertolino, continued to collect his pension payments for 4 1/2 years after his death at age 69 in 2014, state Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli said.


Bertolino retired from department in 1991 and was receiving a pension via direct deposit into a bank account jointly held with his daughter, now a resident of Georgia, the watchdog said.

Pension payments were to stop upon his death.

But Alayne Bertolino didn’t notify the state retirement system of her dad’s death and DiNapoli’s office received a change of address form for the father in 2017, officials said.

The payments were stopped when the retirement system became aware of his death.


Bertolino is accused of using ill-gotten gains to buy this seven-bedroom home in Cumming, Ga.

The home

The Cumming, Ga. home features five bathrooms and an upstairs loft area.

Bertolino made multiple transfers into her family bank accounts and used the money to buy a new, $70,000 black Mercedes-Benz GL350 and a $556,000 seven-bedroom, five-bathroom home in Cumming, Ga., 40 miles northeast of Atlanta, officials allege.

The “gorgeous custom built executive home” is located in “highly sought after Fieldstone Preserve w/plenty of room for everyone!” according to Zillow and features hardwoods, extensive millwork and upstairs loft area.


Alayne Bertolino, who pleaded not guilty at arraignment in Albany City Court, told The Post this week the matter “was a misunderstanding.”

The custom built executive home

The “custom built executive home” has “plenty of room for everyone,” according to a Zillow listing.

The house cost $556,000

The Cumming, Ga. home had a $556,000 pricetag.


DiNapoli disagreed.

“The defendant took advantage of her father’s death to profit handsomely at the expense of New York’s retirement system and fuel an extravagant lifestyle,” DiNapoli said, adding his office “will seek full restitution.”

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