- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

NORWICH, Conn. (AP) - The Connecticut Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by a Ledyard woman convicting of bilking a widow out of her life savings.

Joanne Skok was convicted in May 2013 of first-degree larceny.

Authorities say the 64-year-old Skok and her husband, John Skok, befriended Jacqueline Becker of Montville and offered her help handling a lawsuit over a car loan.

The Bulletin reports (https://bit.ly/16O0yAq ) that the Supreme Court will consider Joanne Skok’s appeal based on whether a competency hearing should have been held to see if she was healthy enough to stand trial and if police should have been allowed, with Becker’s consent, to record phone calls between Skok and Becker.

Joanne Skok was sentenced to 10 years in prison and John Skok was sentenced to a year in prison.

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Information from: Norwich Bulletin, https://www.norwichbulletin.com


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