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Brooke Astor's Son Anthony Marshall Facing Prison Time for Extorting Millions From Late Mother.

Son of the late New York City socialite, Brooke Astor, is facing prison time. Anthony Marshall, 88, appealed on the 2009 ruling that convicted him of fraud after he attempted to take tens of millions of dollars from his mother's estate in 2007 was denied Tuesday after New York State appeals court upheld the original conviction ( Reuters reported.

Marshall requested to be cleared of prison time citing medical conditions. Marshall also petitioned to be kept out of prison due to his elderly status and because he is a first-time offender.

Despite denying his requests, the appeals court did dismiss one count of second-degree larceny against Marshall but up to three years of prison time is still a possibility.

Marshall was accused of stealing money from his late mother's estate after Astor signed amendments giving Marshall tens of millions of dollars and rights to real estate properties while suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

Marshall claims he didn't force his mother to alter her will but during a trial in 2009 and he was convicted of grand larceny and falsifying business charges.

Manhattan District Attorney's office Spokeswoman called the trial pertinent in bringing awareness to elder abuse particularly the common attempts at financial fraud among loved ones.

Marshall's attorney, John Cuti, said following the appeal Tuesday he will be seeking alternatives options for his client. It is currently unknown whether Marshall's attorneys will seek extension of bail upon imprisonment.

Astor was best known for his philanthropy work and died in 2007 at the age of 105. Astor also starred as herself in the 1985 documentary "Empire City", a film essay about leading New York cultural figures.

In ( 2012 , after a five year legal battle, Marshall was awarded $14.5 million inheritance from his mother's estate.A One-hundred million dollars of Astor's estate was donated to the New York Public Library, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park and other various charities and schools in honor of her passion for philanthrophy.
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Publication:International Business Times - US ed.
Date:Mar 27, 2013
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