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Pa. woman pleads guilty to duping philanthropist

September 30, 2013
Associated Press

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — A woman has admitted working with her estranged husband to swindle Bethlehem shipping heiress Marlene "Linny" Fowler out of $1.1 million.

The Express-Times ( said Shawnta Carmon of Allentown pleaded guilty Monday to felony theft charges and will be sentenced Nov. 22. Her husband Hassan Carmon was due for trial Monday but it has been postponed.

The daughter of a onetime UPS chief executive, Fowler died on Feb. 4 at age 73 while a grand jury was investigating the scheme.

Authorities said the Carmons bilked Fowler by making up sob stories about dental work, a heart transplant for a sick child and college tuition for their niece.

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said the couple actually spent the funds on clothes, jewelry, limousine rides and gambling.


Information from: The (Easton, Pa.) Express-Times,



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