Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Weekend at Bernie's Spinoff Results in Charges Being Dropped

You may remember a while back a story about two guys wheeling their dead friend down the street to go cash his Social Security check. Well, the prosecutor has dropped the charges.
Two men accused of wheeling their dead buddy's corpse down a busy street and trying to cash his Social Security check are no longer charged in the caper.

One reason: The prosecutor admits he can't prove beyond a reasonable doubt when the man died. Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Evelyn LaPorte agreed and dismissed the charges Tuesday.

James O'Hare and David J. Daloia say their roommate, Virgilio Cintron, 66, was alive when they left home bound for a check-cashing store Jan. 8, and that they had standing permission to cash each other's checks when pooling household expenses.

They had been charged with forgery, criminal possession of a forged instrument, attempted petit larceny and improper disposal of a body.

Their stunt attracted massive attention and plentiful comparisons to the movie "Weekend at Bernie's."

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