Wealthy widow Anita Barney lost nearly her entire fortune to an ex-Ohio State quarterback who defrauded her of hundreds of thousands of dollars to feed a gambling addiction that left him banished from the NFL.
But instead of garnering sympathy, Barney found herself vilified and facing her own criminal charges after talking numerous friends into handing over nearly $500,000 as part of the same scheme.
Now 74 and living off Social Security after surviving breast cancer, Barney is trying to publicly rebuild her reputation.
"I cry every day about this and I pray to God that they understand," Barney said.
Her self-published book — "Quarterback...