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Former Bellport trustee pleads guilty to stealing from cousin

Former Bellport Village Trustee John Orlando has pleaded guilty in a Brooklyn court to stealing $432,000 from his cousin, an elderly Catholic priest, and will likely serve 4 to 12 years in prison, prosecutors said Friday.

Orlando, 62, who pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of second-degree grand larceny before Judge John Walsh in State Supreme Court in Brooklyn, is scheduled for sentencing Oct. 13.

He also will be ordered to pay back the money.

Orlando's cousin, the Rev. James D'Amato, gave Orlando power of attorney in 2004 to take care of his medical and nursing home bills.

Prosecutors said Orlando, who owns a Patchogue funeral home, wrote checks to himself from the victim's account and withdrew money at automated teller machines, using the funds for personal and business-related expenses.

Orlando's attorney could not be reached for comment.

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