Man accused of swindling elderly woman out of home, sentenced to prison

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on September 12, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 12 at 9:43 PM

(KMOV) – A St. Louis man that News 4 exposed for scamming an elderly woman out of her home is now learning his fate.

Authorities say Larry Bradshaw, 56, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison. 

Last year, News 4 reported how Bradshaw convinced an 88-year-old woman, Agatha Dismuke, to control her finances and sign over her house.  He then took a reverse mortgage on her home so he could use the money to buy a car and drugs.

He told News 4’s Chris Nagus “I had a cocaine problem you know what I’m saying. Ms. Agatha knew that, everyone knew that.”

After News 4’s original story aired Nagus traveled to Washington DC where both Senators Blunt and McCaskill convinced Fannie Mae to hold off on Dismuke’s eviction, allowing her to remain in her home.

 As it turns out Bradshaw was also collecting a government-funded disability check when he was ripping off Dismuke. Since he didn't report the reverse mortgage income,  the feds also got him on theft of government funds.

 As a part of his sentence, Bradshaw must also pay nearly $90,000 in restitution.

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