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Astor’s Son’s Prison Sentence Upheld for Defrauding Philanthropist Mother of Millions

By Tara MacIsaac
Epoch Times Staff
Created: March 27, 2013 Last Updated: March 28, 2013
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Astor’s son’s prison sentence: A Manhattan Appellate Court upheld a 2009 ruling that Anthony Marshall, 88, should serve one to three years in prison for defrauding his philanthropist mother, Brooke Astor, of millions. 

Anthony Marshall (R) and wife Charlene (L) arrive at Manhattan Criminal Court March 31, 2009 in New York for jury selection in his case. Marshall, son of the late Manhattan socialite Brooke Astor, was convicted with fraud in connection with Astor's estate, a ruling he appealed but which was upheld in appellate court on March 26, 2013. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

Anthony Marshall (R) and wife Charlene (L) arrive at Manhattan Criminal Court March 31, 2009 in New York for jury selection in his case. Marshall, son of the late Manhattan socialite Brooke Astor, was convicted with fraud in connection with Astor's estate, a ruling he appealed but which was upheld in appellate court on March 26, 2013. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

Marshall Astor, 88, appealed a 2009 ruling that he serve a one- to three-year prison term for convictions on 14 counts, including first-degree grand larceny and scheming to defraud, on the basis of his age and failing health. 

A Manhattan Appellate Court dismissed his appeal on Tuesday, stating that “We are not convinced that as an aged felon Marshall should be categorically immune from incarceration,” according to the New York Daily News.

Astor had skimmed as much as $60 million from his mother’s fortune that she had set aside for charity. Brooke Astor, who died at the age of 105 in 2007, had Alzheimer’s. Marshall’s son, Philip had sued his father in 2006, claiming Marshall was neglecting Astor.

She gave liberally to various institutions, such as the New York Public Library and the Metropolitan Art Museum. She had inherited the the fortune from her husband New York hotelier and realtor Vincent Astor. 

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