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Scion of NYC Socialite Sent To Prison For Plundering Mother's Fortune

Scion of NYC Socialite Sent To Prison For Plundering Mother's Fortune

The 89-year-old son of the late philanthropist and socialite Brooke Astor was sent to prison Friday afternoon, four years after he was found guilty of pilfering millions from his ailing mother. Anthony Marshall will serve a one-to-three-year term in a New York-based penitentiary. Marshall was convicted in October 2009 after he allegedly siphoned off millions of dollars from the estate of his dementia-stricken mother, who once lorded over New York City's social aristocracy.

At the time of her death in 2007, at age 105, Astor was reportedly living in squalor while Marshall treated himself to her fortune. Francis Morrissey, Jr., Marshall's co-defendant, began his prison sentence Thursday. Morrissey, 72, was convicted in 2009 of forging Astor's signature on a revision to her will, among other offenses.

In revisions to Astor's will reportedly made in the years before her death, Marshall was awarded tens of millions of dollars and top-shelf real estate. Marshall is accused of helping himself to his mother's chief assets while she suffered from Alzheimer's disease. Marshall was convicted of 14 counts in 2009, including grand larceny and conspiracy to defraud his mother.

If you, or someone you know has been charged with grand larceny, fraud, or any other type of fraud crime, it is essential to consult with a Los Angeles criminal lawyer who knows the law and can fight for your rights.

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