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Penny Marshall

DUPED for Over $5k by

Lamar Odom's 'Assistant'

6/5/2012 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0604_lamar_odom_penny_marshall_getty_tmz_2Attention filthy rich LA Lakers fans -- Lamar Odom does not have a cash-strapped assistant ... something director Penny Marshall learned after getting jacked for several thousand bucks.

Sources tell TMZ the double-cross started at a Lakers game last month ... when a man claiming to be LO's assistant gave Penny a phone number he said was Lamar's.

We're told Penny and the person she thought was Lamar texted back and forth for several days -- when finally "Lamar" asked her to loan his assistant a chunk o' cash. Ever the faithful Lakers fan, Penny forked over more than five grand to the faux "assistant."

Hook. Line. Sinker.

After that, we're told "Lamar" suddenly stopped texting, Penny got suspicious, and contacted the real Lamar ... who told her he doesn't even have an assistant.

Penny has filed a police report with the LAPD, and we're told they've opened a grand theft investigation. Penny's rep had no comment.

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16.

Max    

Looks like Penny was hoping for a little 'interest' on the loan from Lamar.

807 days ago
17.

SheisHot    

Penny was hoping for a lot of dark meat.

807 days ago
18.

northern gypsy    

wow...P.M. must be getting up there in age because really everyone (that i know) would do some checking before handing over their hard earned $$$ !!! at the very least it was a valuable lesson for her...

807 days ago
19.

Orlando    

If Penny is stupid enough to fork over money via a dang text message, chalk that up to as payment for being an idiot. No I am not condoning the scam, but this could have easily been avoided with a single telephone call to Lamar or his reps or common sense

807 days ago
20.

BigDawg    

What an absolute genius... I wonder who she is voting for in November ??

807 days ago
21.

There's a problem here    

Dropping 5 thou ain't gonna kill her. Besides that, you and the other tabs had her dead two years ago Harvey, so even if it did you could just dust off your old files and you'd be ready to roll.

807 days ago
22.

Shari    

It was probably his friend Jamie. Sounds like something that fame whore would do.

807 days ago
23.

TMP    

Why would anyone hand that kind of money over to someone they've never talked to or seen in person. All this went down over the phone? Consider this a lesson learned. I'm sure to her, 5k is nothing, but the point still remains.

807 days ago
24.

Superman    

Seems like par for the course for Hollywood. If it was the other way around, it would be business as usual.

807 days ago
25.

Amber    

She's a basketball fan??? The woman must be looney, why on earth would she think she was texting with Lamar Odom, when we all know Chloe runs everything for him??? I'd like to know what the heck they were texting! LOL

807 days ago
26.

alex    

If she watched Khloe and Lamar, she would know he doesn't have an assistant and that Khloe takes care of everything....see, reality tv is good for something

807 days ago
27.

moe    

IDIOT! I could use a few thousands bucks too, Penny!

807 days ago
28.

ShrinkWrap    

She thought to call the real Lamar after the fact?? Wow.

807 days ago
29.

Someone's goldfish    

Penny, this is Kobe. Could you lend my personal assistant Someone's Goldfish $8,000?

807 days ago
30.

YouDontSay    

Penny I still get duped. It is hard having a trusting spirit isn't it.

807 days ago
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