- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A man who pretended to be Philadelphia’s district attorney faces up to 33 years in prison for scamming a World War II veteran out of $95,000.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports (https://bit.ly/1Gkh8TN ) a judge handed down the sentence against 49-year-old Shelton Thomas on Monday. Thomas pleaded guilty in February.

Thomas began cutting the 93-year-old victim’s lawn in 2011. He concocted a story that he illegally dumped grass clippings and other trash and needed money for court costs.

Prosecutors say Thomas posed as District Attorney Seth Williams in calls to the victim to persuade him to give money. The man eventually gave Thomas his life savings and maxed out his credit cards.

Thomas apologized in court.

His attorney says she will file a motion asking the judge to reconsider the sentence.


Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, https://www.inquirer.com

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