Legendary Socialite Brooke Astor’s Son Convicted of Theft

A New York Judge ordered 89 year old Anthony Marshall to start serving his one-to-three year term after he was convicted of stealing millions from his philanthropist mother, Brooke Astor.  Astor was a New York socialite known for her charitable initiatives, earning the 1998 Presidential Medal of Freedom for her charitable work.

During the trial, prosecutors presented evidence that Marshall had exploited his mother after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.  Marshall took millions from his mother, in the form of lavish gifts, such as a $920,000.00 yacht.  Marshall also stole several valuable pieces of artwork right off his mother’s walls.

Marshall even went so far as to make substantial changes to his mother’s Will, including making himself the primary beneficiary of her estate.  Marshall, assisted by attorney Francis Morrissey, forged Astor’s signature on her new Will.  Morrissey was convicted and sent to prison late last week for his involvement.

Exploitation of the elderly is a serious problem and requires immediate attention.  The attorneys at Ford + Bergner LLP has significant experience in assisting clients in uncovering and resolving cases of financial exploitation.  If you or someone you know has this problem, please contact our office today for assistance.