White-Collar Crime

Son and lawyer of elderly heiress Brooke Astor are both headed to prison over $60M fraud


The son of heiress Brooke Astor and her former lawyer have exhausted their appeals in a $60 million fraud case concerning her estate and are headed to prison.

The New York Daily News reports that state’s highest appellate court on Friday denied appeals by Anthony Marshall, the 88-year-old son of Astor, who died in 2007 at age 105, and her former lawyer, Francis Morrissey Jr., who was subsequently disbarred.

Both men were sentenced to one-to-three-year prison terms after being found guilty in a scheme to siphon money from Astor’s $185 million fortune while she was still alive and alter her will. She reportedly suffered from dementia and had diminished mental capacity during her final years.

See also:

ABAJournal.com: “Convicted in Trial Over Claimed Siphoning of $60M from Astor Estate, Lawyer Is Disbarred”

ABAJournal.com: “Lawyer and heiress’ son who were convicted in siphoning of $60M from Brooke Astor estate lose appeal”

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