Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Gold-digger gets maximum sentence for scamming dementia patient, brain-damaged husband

A gold-digging grifter apologized for fleecing a pair of disabled lonely hearts Tuesday before a judge slammed her with a maximum seven-year prison term.

"To John Grant and Mr. Howard Zeimer, I'm sorry I was such an inconvenience to them," said Cher Thompson, 29.

The con artist with a rap sheet stole $100,000 from her victims - and then skipped out of court once she was caught.

She first married Zeimer, who was left brain-damaged after a long-ago car accident, and then raided his bank accounts in 2008.

A year later, Thompson moved on to Grant. She cashed $60,000 in checks belonging to the 90-year-old dementia patient.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Charles Solomon issued orders of protection for the men.

The sly brunette, who will serve a minimum of 3-1/2 years in prison, skipped court appearances earlier this year.

In January, she fainted just before a court appearance.

Her $15,000 bail was revoked shortly afterward when she disappeared completely.

"She thinks she's going to jail," her then-lawyer Gene Conway said in January after unsuccessfully trying to find his client. "She's very upset about the whole thing."

Thompson pleaded guilty in November.

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