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Continued: Rochester woman with dream of lavish villa told wild tales to bilk $840K from elderly couple

  • Article by: JENNA ROSS and PAUL WALSH , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Last update: July 27, 2013 - 6:55 AM

“My mom spins lots of tales and tells lots of lies. I didn’t know it was to this degree. My mom has always told crazy, crazy stories that you always knew were … totally nuts, wacko.”

There was “many a time” when the couple wondered whether Cassar’s pleadings for money were legitimate, but “she said that this was the end and then she’d come up with another bad story,” the wife said. “If you have any heart in you, you’re going to want to help.”

Pictures of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren are tucked into frames of paintings around their house. Other snapshots stick out of the edges of their stately dining room hutch.

Their three sons are upset, the husband said, looking across the room at his wife.

“We tried to raise a good family, and we did,” he said. “We’re a compassionate family that looked out for one another.”

Though they lost their life savings, they believe they’ll be OK.

“We started out with nothing way back in ’42,” she said. “And we survived. We went through a war. We survived that.

“We’ll make it.”

 

jross@startribune.com • 612-673-7168

paul.walsh@startribune.com • 612-673-4482





 

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