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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Cher Thompson, con artist, pleads guilty to bilking $100,000 from two disabled men

A con artist pleaded guilty Friday to swiping more than $100,000 from two disabled lonelyhearts, and now faces 3-1/2 years in prison.

Cher Thompson married one of her victims - 64-year-old Howard Zeimer, who suffered from mental and physical handicaps - in 2008.

But the motive was larceny, not love: She stole more than $50,000 from his bank accounts, officials said.

The 29-year-old gold-digger also cashed checks worth $60,000 from 90-year-old dementia patient John Grant in the summer of 2009.

Thompson, who was convicted of theft and burglary charges in Florida in 2007, 'fessed up to stealing a credit card from a spa and bail-jumping for fleeing a Manhattan Supreme Court hearing in January.

She is expected to be sentenced Dec. 21 to 3-1/2 to seven years in prison

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