Woman Admits Stealing from Brain-Damaged Husband

Friday, Nov 19, 2010  |  Updated 6:00 PM EDT
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Woman Admits Stealing from Brain-Damaged Husband

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A woman has admitted to taking more than $100,000 from a brain-damaged New York man she married and a demented 89-year-old she befriended.

Cher Thompson cried and whispered answers to a judge's questions as she pleaded guilty Friday to grand larceny, scheming to defraud and other charges.

She's been promised a 3 1/2-to-seven-year prison term. Her sentencing is set for Dec. 21 in Manhattan.

The 28-year-old Thompson admitted to helping herself to more than $50,000 from her 63-year-old husband's bank accounts she didn't have authority over after he'd been brain-damaged in a car crash. They were married in 2008.

She also acknowledged taking more than $50,000 from the accounts of an 89-year-old man, in part by claiming to be his niece. She said she used the money to finance a fashion venture.
 

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