Hinman Widower Charged With Stealing Family Money
The widower of Jenna Hinman faces charges he stole money that was supposed to go to his children and the treatment of his wife.
Brandon C. Hinman, 31, of Weedsport - which is near Auburn in central New York - is charged with grand larceny, third degree, and criminal possession of a forged instrument.
He's accused of stealing $46,000 by forging a series of checks between the end of March and the beginning of May. The money was in an account containing funds raised for Jenna Hinman and the family's children, and was - according to the Cayuga County Sheriff's Department - "set up in the
"Brandon Hinman was not listed on the account and was not authorized to disperse money from it."
Jenna Hinman died May 5 from a rare, pregnancy-related cancer after giving premature birth to twin girls. Although the families are from central New York, Brandon was a 10th Mountain Divison soldier and Jenna worked at Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown. The family's plight spread through news accounts and social media, and led to an outpouring of support from across the country.
Fort Drum officials say Brandon Hinman is no longer in the military.
In paperwork filed in connection with Hinman's arrest, Jenna's father said the family was aware of issues involving Brandon Hinman and donation money well before Jenna died, but was reluctant to have him arrested, because Jenna was getting sicker.
Investigators said Hinman wrote 17 separate checks ranging in amounts from $300 to $8,000, forging the name of one of the account holders on them. All but four of the checks were made out to Hinman, according to the sheriff's department.
According to his father-in-law, Brendan Hinman also collected $137,000 in life insurance and $27,000 from t-shirts that were sold to raise money for Jenna Hinman and the twins.
Jenna and Brandon's children, Kinleigh and Azlynn, are with her family. Brandon has reportedly not seen the children since early June.
As for why Brandon wasn't on the account he allegedly raided, Jenna's father told investigators the answer was simple: “because we all knew that he was not good with money.”
Tuesday, April 28, 2015, Watertown, NY
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