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Convicted of fleecing Fairfield seniors, deli owner wins 'slip-and-fall' suit against Bridgeport

Published 6:56 am, Saturday, April 12, 2014
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A Fairfield deli owner, convicted several weeks ago of fleecing three elderly siblings of their savings, won a $141,000 damage award against the city of Bridgeport on Friday in a "slip-and-fall" lawsuit.

Carmella Jamshidian's fortunes were quite different last month.

On March 20, the 54-year-old Jamshidian was led away by judicial marshals after being found guilty by a jury of one count of first-degree larceny and three counts of second-degree larceny. At the time, Jamshidian claimed she was indigent and had a public defender.

But earlier this week, Jamshidian managed to post the $50,000 bond and come back to the same Superior Court in Bridgeport to testify about the injuries she says she suffered in 2010 when she fell on an uneven Bridgeport sidewalk.

This time, a jury believed her. After about two hours of deliberation, the jury awarded her $136,000 in economic damages and another $5,000 for pain and suffering.

Although she declined comment, Jamshidian appeared much happier this time as she left the courthouse with her daughter.

Jamshidian, who owns the Sub Zone on Jennings Road, faces up to 50 years in prison when she is sentenced May 2 on the larceny charges.

Police said she befriended the three Fairfield seniors -- a blind and learning disabled brother and two sisters -- after overhearing a call they made from a phone at a former deli she owned off Kings Highway Cutoff to a lawyer regarding an inheritance in 2009.

She later gained access to their bank accounts and withdrew more than $200,000.

In her civil suit against the city, Jamshidian claimed that on Jan. 20, 2010, she had been walking on the sidewalk at the corner of Wade Street and Wood Avenue in Bridgeport when she fell on an uneven surface.