Ms. Boltos, who is now 40, was sentenced to 263 years in prison — to be served concurrently as 85 years — after a jury found her guilty of five counts of theft of property and one count of exploitation of an elderly person.
Mr. Hill’s lawyer, Eve Schatelowitz, called the sentence “unduly harsh,” saying some murder cases do not result in 85 years in prison. “It’s a tragic situation for everybody involved,” she said.
Prosecutors say that from January 2012 to May 2017, Ms. Boltos and Mr. Hill stole $3 million from victims, many of whom were lonely, depressed or grieving the death of a spouse.
“She was a perfect con artist,” Mr. Olmstead said. “I was really shocked to find out she was conning me because I thought it was the real thing — a romantic relationship. But no, she was playing me like a sucker.”
Ms. Boltos’s lawyers had argued that the people she met had given her money voluntarily.
“She didn’t hold a gun to anybody’s head,” said Blake Burns, who represented Ms. Boltos in an unsuccessful appeal last year. “They didn’t lose the capacity to say no to her, even though her stories weren’t true. ‘I don’t want to give you money’ was a response that none of them seemed to come up with.”
Prosecutors said Ms. Boltos, who has been referred to by the district attorney’s office and the local media as the “sweetheart swindler,” used similar tactics to deceive all of her victims.
She would meet people over 65 — on a dating website, on an airplane or in a store. She would begin a relationship with them, talking to them about God, love and her desire to be with them and see them raise her children, prosecutors said. Then she would come up with scenarios in which she and her “brother” needed money immediately.
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