DETROIT – Fired financial advisor Ernie Romer III remains in the Macomb County Jail, facing two felony counts of embezzlement.
Meanwhile, Mary Ann Chirco's inheritance from her father is gone after Romer talked her into giving him almost a quarter of a million dollars.
Mary Chirco's father, Alphonese Chirco, owned Al's Fish Market at Detroit's Eastern Market. He worked so that he could leave his daughter money when he died. He left Mary money, but when she used her father's financial advisor, Romer, she lost that money.
"He broke my heart because my dad and my mom, they would be really, really upset," Mary Chirco said.
While in court Thursday, Romer claimed he wasn't able to come up with $60,000 to make bail.
"He's a slime ball," Mary Chirco said. "Who could do that to somebody?"
Mary, a 65-year-old medical office receptionist, was planning on retiring on her inheritance money, but cannot do that now.