March 2, 2013
Trust Officer in Jail for Estate Fraud
In 1995, Frohlich was assigned to handle William Vincent Thompson's estate. In late 1996, he began submitting fabricated documentation alleging that he found a nephew of the deceased that was the sole beneficiary of the estate. He also forged all the necessary identification documents to substantiate the identity he created. With the help of the forged identification, Frohlich arranged for several checks to be made out to the nephew and signed the checks.
Frohlich's defense lawyer told the court that Frohlich was depressed at the time he committed this fraud and he spent the stolen money betting on horse races due to his gambling addiction. Frohlich apologized in court to his family and the OPT.
See Tony Blais, Former Trust Officer Jailed for $120,000 Estate Fraud, Edmonton Sun, Mar. 2, 2013.
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