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Planet Marcia

 

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The federal government is arguing she should get at least two years, citing "the severity of defendant's conduct" and "her history of hostility toward others"-as well as her apparent perjury when testifying in a civil case. Last spring Ottoman pleaded guilty to wire fraud and impersonating a federal prosecutor-yet just six weeks later, she swore she'd never been convicted of a crime involving dishonesty.

Ottoman and her husband, Roger, have been trying to avoid foreclosure on their Dexter Township home for more than five years. They coveted a nearby farmhouse belonging to Roger's elderly parents. In December 2006 Marcia sent phony emails and a letter purportedly signed by federal prosecutor "C. Varner." The messages ordered Roger's parents to evict the people who were renting their farmhouse so that Marcia and Roger could move in.

Roger's parents went to the sheriff instead; an FBI investigation and Marcia's conviction ensued. Now, the Washtenaw County prosecutor is considering whether to prosecute her for perjury as well. On June 13, in judge Richard Conlin's District 14A-3 courtroom in Chelsea, attorney Lawrence Krefman asked whether she had "ever been convicted of a crime involving dishonesty." Ottoman answered "No." She insisted, falsely, that the federal case was "still pending" and maintained that she would soon be exonerated.

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