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Woman charged with exploitation used phony story: Prosecutors

  • Candy Marabanian (Chicago Police Department)
Candy Marabanian (Chicago Police Department)
August 16, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

A 27-year-old woman was arrested for theft Thursday after allegedly befriending an 85-year-old man at the library and exploiting him for money, county prosecutors said.

Candy Marabanian, of Oak Lawn, Ill., concocted an elaborate story about a fictitious dead husband to convince an elderly man from the Gold Coast to give her $2,600, according to court records.

Marabanian, who is married to an 82-year-old who is still alive, according to prosecutors, first met the man at the Newberry Library on July 25. Marabanian offered to help the man carry his books home, prosecutors said, and later went out with him to lunch.

She told him she needed $2,600 dollars to help her pay legal fees, and without it she would lose the value of her dead husband's estate, prosecutors said. The man gave her the money on July 29.

On Aug. 11, prosecutors said, Marabanian called the man and "told him she loves him." The next day, she called him again asking for $20,000 to help her get a decorating business off the ground. At that point the man became suspicious, prosecutors said; he alerted police and arranged a meeting with her.

Police arrested Marabanian on Wednesday afternoon at 1411 N. Dearborn St., on a charge of theft for financial exploitating the elderly, the police report said. 

Marabanian was brought to the Cook County Criminal Courthouse on Friday afternoon and held on $40,000 bond. Prosecutors said she was convicted of theft in 2007. The public defender said she has lived for four years with her husband, "whom she cares for," and her son, and after her theft conviction she returned the money in full and completed her probation.

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