Tuesday, June 11, 2013
As I have previously discussed, Warwick attorney, Janet Mastronardi, has been arrested for embezzling almost $150,000 from a client. Victim, Jane S. Jacques, suffered from severe dementia and other behavioral problems. A doctor had found that Jacques was paranoid that someone was going to steal from her. Col. Steven O’Donnell, superintendent of the state police, said Mastronardi stole $144,989 of her client’s money by writing 25 checks payable to herself over an 11 month period.
Mastronardi had originally been charged with embezzlement and missappropriation. Recently, the court added elder exploitation to the charges and replaced misappropriation with larceny. This additional charge means that Mastronardi now faces up to 60 years in prison and a hefty fine of $40,000. It is suspected that Mastronardi may have taken the money because of her gambling debt. Mastronardi was serving as a court-appointed guardian for six other women when she was arrested. Mastronardi was arraigned on June 7th and pleaded not guilty to the charges. She was released on her own recognizance pending a pretrial conference scheduled for Aug. 27.
See Tracy Breton, Warwick, R.I., Lawyer Pleads Not Guilty to Embezzling From Elderly Client, Providence Journal, Jun. 8, 2013.