COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A 27-year-old woman is accused of swindling a man in his 80s, claiming she needed money to claim her dead husband's estate in probate court.
Candy Marabanian met the 85-year-old Gold Coast Man on July 25 as he was leaving the Newberry Library, Assistant State's Attorney Erin Antonietti said friday. She offered to help him carry his books home, and they had lunch, she said.
Four days later, Marabanian, of Oak Lawn, allegedly invited the man to meet her at a restaurant. She asked the man for $2,500 to pay a lawyer so she could get her dead husband's estate out of probate court.
About a week after the man gave her the money, Marabanian allegedly told him she loved him and asked for $20,000 to start a decorating business, Antonietti said.
But the man grew suspicious and called police, who discovered that Marabanian's 82-year-old husband was alive.
Laughter erupted in the crowded gallery of Central Bond Court Friday when prosecutors laid out allegations against Marabanian, who was charged with theft and ordered held on $40,000 bond.