- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A western Pennsylvania man has been charged with stealing at least $30,000 from his mother’s estate and, by extension, two other siblings who were supposed to split the money with him.

The defense attorney for 43-year-old James Porro, of Mars, declined comment on the charges filed Thursday by the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office.

DA’s spokesman Mike Manko says investigators believe Porro stole at least $30,000 but says that figure could rise to about $100,000 as they continue to pore through the financial records.

Porro was executor of his mother Kathleen’s estate when she did in 2009 and was supposed to split the money she left equally with two other siblings.

The DA says there were several unexplained transfers and withdrawals from the estate’s account which had just $30,295 remaining when it was closed.

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