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WIDOW IN WILL-FORGERY CASE IS REARRESTED AS UNCOOPERATIVE

A Wellsville woman convicted last month of forging her common-law husband's will was rearrested this week on charges that she failed to comply with a presentence investigation.

Mary J. Colletta, 43, of Wellsville, had been scheduled to appear next week before Cattaraugus County Judge Larry M. Himelein, but after the arrest, the court date was changed to March 31.

Himelein ordered her arrest Tuesday, charging her with failure to comply with the presentence investigation he ordered.

Colletta had pleaded guilty in November to one count of second-degree forgery, satisfying a seven-count charge against her. District Attorney Terrence M. Parker said she filed papers designed to be taken as the will of Dr. Andrew Colletta.

But Parker said an investigation showed that the purported will had been written after the surgeon's death in May 1998. The surgeon collapsed in the family's farm home outside Wellsville and died shortly after arrival at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville.

The allegations against Mary Colletta stem from her attempt to gain sole possession of the estate, state police said at the time of her arrest.

Further complicating the matter is the existence of another Colletta widow, who lives downstate, police said. It appears that while the doctor and Mary Colletta apparently never legally married, the doctor and Carol Colletta never divorced.

Himelein arraigned Colletta on Tuesday, ordered her to be at the Probation Department the next day and rescheduled the sentencing date.

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