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Three Indicted For Bilking Aunt

A grand jury has indicted a niece and two other relatives for allegedly bilking Margaret Lowery, 88, of $100,000 while she stayed with them to recuperate from a broken hip.

Rose Marie Berry, 48, her husband John Berry, 51, and the couple’s daughter, Jennifer Berry, 24, were each charged with theft by deception and conspiracy to commit theft by deception.

They allegedly used the money on casino gambling, two cars and mail-order items.

Lowery moved into the family’s Wildwood home on the southern New Jersey shore after she broke her hip in March 1994, McLaughlin said. She paid the family $1,200 a month for rent, board and care.

The family got into her savings accounts by forging her signature, Assistant Prosecutor Rob Johnson said.

Lowery noticed large sums of money missing in September. She called police and moved out of the house.

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