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Former Shelter Island Justice and Husband On Trial for Grand Larceny

Katherine and Wayne Pope are currently on trial, accused of stealing over a million dollars from an 89-year-old woman suffering from dementia in the late 1990s.

A former Shelter Island justice and her husband are accused of grand larceny — allegedly stealing more than a million dollars from an 89-year-old Water Mill woman suffering from dementia.

The first day of the trial took place in Riverhead on Tuesday, according to a report from the Shelter Island Reporter.

Katherine Pope, who served as from 1998 to 2002, and her husband, Wayne, are alleged to have stolen the money from the victim, Mary Abbot Estabrook, over a period of four years, according to the Suffolk County district attorney's office. Mr. Pope had worked as a handyman for Estabrook and had allegedly obtained power of attorney from her, then used that power to write checks to benefit himself.

Estabrook died on July 4, 2009 at the age of 89. 

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Erin Schultz (Editor) October 25, 2011 at 11:00 PM
Lori Eimers McKiernan said on Facebook: "If found guilty, they should serve restitution helping dementia patients for the term of their sentence."
Erin Schultz (Editor) October 26, 2011 at 04:14 PM
Patrice Mackesy Conklin said on Facebook: "Lori....then they will steal from them !!!"
Erin Schultz (Editor) October 26, 2011 at 04:15 PM
Colleen Pickering Clark said on Facebook: "I agree Patrice - if they are guilty this is disgusting."
Anne Marie October 26, 2011 at 06:12 PM
She always was a strange bird.. went to school w/ her daughter..

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