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Defendant: Peter Corines (DOB 07/05/48)

March 28, 2019 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced that former physician Peter Corines of Eastchester was sentenced to a year in County Jail for stealing more than $500,000.00 from a 97-year-old Yonkers woman through various fraudulent means.

Specifically, Corines was sentenced one year each on the following charges to run concurrently:

  • Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class C felony
  • Attempted Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class D felony
  • Identity Theft in the First Degree, a class D felony

Corines agreed to forfeit $11,600 of the victim’s money found in his residence from a search warrant.

Westchester County Court Judge Barry Warhit presided. From the bench, he told the defendant, a former medical doctor, he “was a disgrace to a noble profession.”

Background:

During a two-week period in November 2017, Peter Corines, after ingratiating himself, stole from an elderly woman by obtaining a power of attorney to benefit himself to reduce his mounting personal debt and infuse money into his failing yacht repair business in Florida. He did so by pretending to be her on the phone or online with numerous financial institutions where the victim had accounts.

More specifically, by claiming to be acting in her best interest, Corines went into various banks and withdrew money from her accounts; and by pretending to be her, he called various mutual funds and requested checks from her accounts. Corines also set up online accounts to receive money from various mutual funds owned by the victim, and then Corines requested checks from the mutual funds, without her permission, authority or consent. In total, Corines stole approximately $540,106.60 and attempted to steal $262,171.49.

Corines was arrested by Yonkers Police April 24, 2018, subsequent to the execution of a search warrant at his home in Eastchester.

Assistant District Attorney Emily Rowe-Smith of the Westchester County District Attorney’s Investigations Division Economic Crimes Bureau prosecuted the case.

 

Peter Corines

Peter Corines

 

 In compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 3.6, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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