Rochester woman pleads guilty to swindling $840K from elderly couple

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A Rochester woman has pleaded guilty to conducting a six-year scheme in which she swindled $840,000 from an elderly couple.

KSTP-TV has the story, and reports that 61-year-old Carolyn Jean Cassar said she needed to cover a debt that she owed, but actually went on a European vacation and to hired an architect to build an Italian villa.

The Associated Press reports Cassar was indicted in federal court last April and accused of telling the couple she needed money to travel to Washington to attend to the affairs of her dead daughter and to travel to Italy to take legal action against a former business agent.

Cassar faces a maximum 20 years in prison.

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