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Suffolk conman gets almost six years for stealing widow’s life savings, forcing her to go back to work – Virginian-Pilot

But then, he said, Withers got out and started to #8220;self-medicate#8221; with cocaine and other illegal substances.

In all, Baker loaned Withers about $377,000 to help him keep the wine bar open, the documents said. He said he would pay her back after he received his inheritance.

He was only the now-closed bar#8217;s manager, he was due no inheritance, and his mother is still alive.

Withers#8217; attorney, James Broccoletti, blamed his client#8217;s actions on an #8220;insatiable#8221; drug addiction, combined with longstanding mental health problems. He noted that his client has been coping with bipolar disorder since he was 9 and appeared to have it under control while receiving treatment at a facility in Winchester.

According to the statement of facts, Withers told a variety of lies to Baker as he coaxed her into giving him loans he never intended to pay back. He claimed that he owned a wine and cheese bar in Suffolk, that he was due a large inheritance from his grandmother, and that he euthanized his sick mother “to end her suffering.”

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