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She gets prison in scam of elderly friend

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A New Hampshire woman who stole more than half a million dollars from an elderly friend will spend 10 to 30 years behind bars. Karen Gagne, 56, of Andover was convicted in August of stealing the money from Jane Fair of Concord between 2007 and 2009. Fair was nearly 90 at the time. Prosecutors say the two were longtime friends. They say Fair let Gagne live in her home and put her in charge of paying her bills. At her sentencing yesterday, the judge called Gagne a con artist who intentionally isolated Fair from friends and advisers. Prosecutors say Gagne used the money to pay off her own debts and buy a home. (AP)

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