Great-grandmother guilty of grand theft

August 07, 1991|By Los Angeles Daily News

LOS ANGELES -- A great-grandmother whose criminal history dates back to 1940 and includes attempts to swindle former President Ronald Reagan has been sentenced to two years in prison for fleecing a woman of $8,000.

Ann Roberts, 83, of Van Nuys, described in court as a cunning con woman who could "charm the birds out of the trees," showed little emotion yesterday as she also was ordered to repay the $8,000.

She was convicted June 26 of grand theft involving Joyce Lorigo of Van Nuys, who gave her $8,000 after Roberts claimed the money would be used to help Ms. Lorigo's son, charged with murder in a drunken-driving case. Roberts kept the money. Ms. Lorigo's son went to prison.

Roberts served a 40-month sentence in 1983 after trying to pass off a phony, postdated check to open escrow on Mr. Reagan's home in the Los Angeles area.

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