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Rom- con ar tist gets 6 year s for bilking woman’s savings


A remorseles­s and incorrigib­le con artist who bilked a woman of her life- savings was handed a six- year sentence Wednesday and ordered to repay the $ 595,000 he stole. In jailing Shaun Rootenberg for fraud, the judge described him as cold and calculatin­g in his dishonesty for abusing Victoria Smith’s romantic feelings toward him. His lawyer said they will appeal. The pair had met on a dating site in July 2013, shortly after Rootenberg, 52, of Thornhill, Ont. was released from prison for previous frauds. Smith believed she had developed a “close” relationsh­ip with a financier who called himself Shaun Rothberg. He used her money to buy a new BMW and pay off debts. “My life story has been written by a villain,” Smith had previously told court.

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