A source said Danny — who died on Dec. 12 at age 86 — felt “deeply betrayed” by his daughter-in-law, Heide, after she confessed to stealing more than $246,000 from his checking account in 1994!
“Danny was devastated,” said a source close to the Do the Right Thing star. “He loved his kids deeply and was particularly close with Heide — whom he considered a great wife to his son Jamie — and treated her like one of his own.”
Heide, then 28, admitted to stealing checks from Aiello’s home and forging her mother-in-law’s signature on them before depositing them into her own account.
“This tore the family apart,” the source spilled. “Jamie was blindsided and humiliated when his parents found out his wife had fleeced them so badly.”
Heide pleaded guilty to theft and was sentenced to five years’ probation.
She was ordered to pay $40 a week restitution to her in-laws, receive counseling and undergo periodic drug testing.
Heide and Jamie’s relationship didn’t survive the scandal, and they divorced after five years of marriage.
“What happened with Heide was like a knife to Danny’s heart,” snitched the source, who added the actor thought Heide deserved a harsher punishment. Aiello’s estate did not respond to a request for comment.
“I wanted her to go to jail. She deserved it,” Aiello said after the sentencing.