State drops charges against Bridgeport man accused of scamming his ailing mother out of her Stamford condo

Exterior, Stamford Courthouse, Sept. 20, 2019.

Exterior, Stamford Courthouse, Sept. 20, 2019.

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STAMFORD — A 69-year-old Bridgeport man accused of allegedly trying to scam his mother out of her Shippan condo in 2016 had charges dismissed Thursday as a part of a deal made with a Superior Court judge.

State prosecutors agreed to drop charges of criminal attempt at first-degree larceny and second-degree larceny against Marcos Robalino in return for a $10,000 charitable contribution to an unidentified local nonprofit.

The deal comes months after Robalino rejected an offer to enter a conditional guilty plea to criminal attempt at first-degree larceny and pay a $10,000 charitable donation in return for entry into accelerated rehabilitation, a pretrial probation program that, if successfully completed, would result in charges being dropped.

However, when Robalino arrived at the state Superior Court in Stamford on Thursday, and proved he had donated the charitable contribution, White agreed to drop the charges against him.

Robalino was facing the charges in connection to an alleged scam involving his then-84-year-old mother, who was dealing with dementia, and her $220,000 Shippan Avenue condo.

According to his arrest warrant, Robalino was living at his mother’s condo after going through a divorce. At the time, his mother was living at another of her son’s homes because her mental health had waned.

In 2015, the family filed a notice to evict Robalino because, they said, he had not fulfilled the financial and maintenance obligations he agreed to when he moved in, according to the affidavit.

In November, while the family was going through the eviction process, Robalino presented a quitclaim deed apparently signed by his mother giving him possession of the condo for $1, the affidavit said.

A number of family members told police investigator Paul DeRiu that Robalino’s mother had slipped so far mentally that her signature could not have been legally obtained.

A judge at the Housing Session at the Norwalk Courthouse would not recognize the document and Robalino’s eviction proceeded.

Police called the notary whose signature was on the quitclaim deed, but the man could not remember signing it and after looking at the deed, said his signature had been forged, the affidavit said.

Police also obtained a letter from a doctor saying Robalino’s mother had mild dementia and “cannot manage personal affairs like money, paying bills etc.,” the affidavit said.

Robalino, however, claimed at the time that his siblings were conspiring against him, according to the affidavit.