Author of Liberace book guilty of ID theft in Reno

RENO — A 53-year-old man who wrote a book about his claims to be the ex-lover of the late entertainer Liberace has pleaded guilty in Reno to burglary and identity theft.

Jess Marlow, who also goes by the name Scott Thorson, is the author of the book “Behind the Candelabra... My life with Liberace,” which has been made into a movie scheduled to air this month on HBO.

Washoe County prosecutor Rebecca Druckman said he was charged in February after he found a wallet containing credit cards and proceeded to use them illegally.

A clerk called police after he used the card to check into the Ponderosa Hotel in downtown Reno.

He pleaded guilty Wednesday and faces anywhere from two to 30 years in prison and fines up to $110,000.