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QUESTION: What ever happened to the couple Nicky and Ruby Marks from Sacramento who were suspected of scamming an elderly man in what police dubbed a "sweetheart scam"?
Submitted by: Mike, Sacramento
ANSWER: Ruby Miller, aka Ruby Marks, and her husband, bounty hunter Nicky Marks, were arrested in Reno in February 2008 in a case that Sacramento police described as the third in a series "sweetheart scams" perpetrated by a group that included Nicky Marks' sister and a niece.
According to a story in The Bee, the women lied to befriend and defraud elderly men. Three men suffered losses of $500,000 as a result of the scam.
According to Sacramento Superior Court online records, Miller and Marks each pleaded no contest to embezzlement by a caretaker, perjury and grand theft. Miller was sentenced to seven years in state prison and Marks to 5 years and 4 months in prison. Neither appears in an online roster of current state prison inmates.
Nicky Marks' sister, Linda Navarro, and Navarro's niece Monique Marks each pleaded no contest to embezzlement by a caretaker. Navarro was sentenced to two years in state prison and Monique Marks to five years probation.
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