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

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Mother Caught Embezzling From Handicapped Daughter's Trust

JailLinda Grandel was accused of stealing and spending more than $173,000 from her handicapped daughter's trust fund. Grandel was conservator of trust. She was arrested last week after a full investigation revealed that she had misappropriated funds from her daughter's trust. The funds were established through proceeds from a medical claim because of her child's birth. Grandel's child has cerebral palsy and lives in a group home.

She is being charged for transactions between April 18, 2008 and May 8, 2013 when the courts ordered that the funds not be touched. Any money that Grandel stole before 2008 falls outside of the statute of limitations. 

Some of the funds were used for car and house payments. Grandel claims that she believes that most of the charges were permitted because her daughter often stays with her at the home. However, according to Probate Judge Martin Langrebe only $649 dollars were permitted by the trust, $173,751 was not. 

See John Pirro Brookfield Mom Accused of Looting Daughter's Trust Fund, News Times,  Aug. 13, 2013.

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.


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You are hereby given the territory east of the Pecos. Please ensure that your sentencing is also easy on the taxpayer. Kudos.

Posted by: brian | Aug 14, 2013 8:26:43 AM

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