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Fake German heiress convicted of conning banks in New York

Fake German heiress convicted of conning banks in New York

A German-Russian woman has been convicted of grand larceny and other felonies for bankrolling a lavish lifestyle by claiming she was a German heiress. She could face five to 15 years in prison.
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