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December 02, 2014

Obituary: Anthony D. Marshall, Astor Heir Enmeshed in Fraud Case

Anthony D. Marshall, the son of philanthropist and socialite Brooke Astor who was convicted of scheming to steal tens of millions of dollars she intended to leave to charity, died Sunday at a Manhattan hospital, Bloomberg writes. The World War II veteran and former diplomat was 90.

Mr. Marshall and a family lawyer, Francis X. Morrissey Jr., were found guilty of grand larceny in 2009, two years after Ms. Astor died at age 105. Prosecutors said the men manipulated Ms. Astor, who suffered from Alzheimer's, into changing her will to benefit her son at the expense of arts, education, and conservation groups. After losing a series of appeals, Mr. Marshall was jailed in June 2013 but was paroled on medical grounds two months later.