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Oct 22, 2011 10:58 AM by Matt Stafford

Woman charged in alleged magic show scam

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - The wife of a Colorado man convicted of conning more than 100 Wyoming residents out of money he said would be used to send disabled children to a magic show has turned herself in.

The Gillette News Record reports 50-year-old Debra Sue Magnus of Las Vegas turned herself in Wednesday and has been charged with conspiracy to obtain property by false pretenses, a felony. Her husband, 45-year-old man Larry Edward Magnus of Fort Collins, Colo., was convicted last month on the same charge.

Court documents say at least 50 people in Gillette and 53 in Casper gave him donations that totaled more than $1,000.

Debra Magnus is accused of calling businesses beginning in January and asking for donations for the May show.

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