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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Deceptive Texas Woman Sentenced to Ten Years


An Axtell, Texas woman was recently sentenced to ten years in prison for deception to become heir to the estate of an elderly man.

Melissa Adler, a 45-year-old marketing director for a nursing center, befriended WWII veteran Eugene Handley and led him to alter his will to name her as a beneficiary of over $100,000.  Before his death in 2005, Handley had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and was found incompetent to lawfully alter his will.

See Tommy Witherspoon, Axtell Woman Gets 10 Years in Will Dispute, Waco Trib, Aug. 10, 2013.


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