A major break has occurred in the New London probate case of the late Mary Gennotti, as the Connecticut Attorney General’s office has asked for three investigations.
The request came after the lawyer representing her brother, Robert N. Jetmore, alerted the Attorney General George Jepsen of his claims of irregularities.
Jetmore has maintained for years that his sister’s death, burial and probate issues were mishandled and may have involved criminal actions.
Atty. Sally Roberts who recently took on Jetmore’s case alerted Jepson of Jetmore’s concerns and in a Jan. 31, response, Jepsen writes “Your correspondence raises serious concerns which warrant further investigation.”
Jepsen further states that he has referred the case to three separate agencies for in-depth investigations: the Dept. of Health, which regulates funeral homes; the office of the Chief Medical Examiner for review of Mary Gennotti’s case and a possible autopsy; and the office of the Chief State’s Attorney for investigation of possible crimes against the elderly, including financial abuses.
Among the issues raised by Jetmore is that his late sister Mary, who divorced her husband nearly two decades before her death on March, 27, 2009, was placed in her ex-husband’s custody when she could not possibly have understood what was happening to her, and supposedly remarried her ex-husband in a civil ceremony performed by a Justice of the Peace.
Among the many issues involved in the case is that the line on the marriage license requiring Mary Gennotti’s signature was signed with an X. Also her family has submitted evidence indicating that she was no longer competent or cognizant when this all occurred.
Mary Gennotti had executed a will at the time of her divorce, but a new will dated 2004 was submitted for probate after her death. The new will took everything away from her son and gave it to her ex-husband.
Mary Gennotti died in 2009 at the age of 83. She was the daughter of Josephine Jetmore who died in 2005 at the age of 101, and her will also is being contested in New London.
Atty. Roberts has raised a number of issues, including a complaint that the funeral home which handled Mary Gennotti’s burial arrangements kept her death secret, and did not publicize the funeral arrangements.
In this case, Atty. Roberts said, “All that’s left is the stench.”
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