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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Trust Officer in Jail for Estate Fraud

Unknown-2Ned Ephraim Frohlich, a former senior trust officer with the Office of the Public Trustee (OPT) in Edmonton, has just been put in jail for stealing over $120,000 in 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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