Two face trial in thefts from relative’s $1.7M estate

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Two women accused of siphoning money from the $1.7 million estate of a Swissvale steamfitter will stand trial following a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

Darlene DeMarzo and her niece, Brittany Gaither, were held for court on all charges.

The women are accused of theft, forgery and conspiracy in connection with the estate of Ms. Gaither’s late father, Elwood Gaither.

The steamfitter died wealthy in 2012 after settling a lawsuit with numerous former employers whom he accused of exposing him to cancer-causing asbestos.

The Allegheny County district attorney’s office charged Ms. Gaither, 24, of Knoxville with illegally spending more than $40,000 of her father’s money.

Ms. DeMarzo, 47, of Banksville, was accused of illegally taking possession of Gaither’s pickup truck on the day of his death.

The women face formal arraignment July 2.

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