Press Herald reports that a former Maine lawmaker, Robert Kenneth Lindell, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for elder financial abuse. He was sentenced in Penobscot County Superior Court on Tuesday for 15 criminal counts. The counts include theft, securities fraud, and income tax evasion for defrauding two elderly women. The women lost over $3 million. More, Lindell did not pay taxes on his stolen money.
Lindell was ordered to pay $750,000 to his victims in addition to the money that was recovered and any money that will be recovered in the future.
“This significant sentence recognizes the real gravity and far-reaching impact elder financial exploitation has on victims,” office administrator Judith Shaw said in the release. “Mr. Lindell used his position of trust to groom and prey on his victims and we will not tolerate that from anyone, especially our licensed financial professionals.”
Lindell began working as a securities agent in the early 2000s for Phyllis Poor. He was later named Poor’s power of attorney and co-personal representative of her estate and trustee of accounts for her son, who is a disabled veteran. Poor passed away in 2012.
Lindell used Poor’s trust and estate money to write checks for himself and his company. He used the money to buy and renovate a California home, among other things. He also stole the money in a trust set up for Poor’s son, who lives in an assisted-living facility in Florida.
His other victim, Gianna Lewis, has known Lindell for his whole life. Lindell was made the trustee for accounts set up by Lewis’s late husband for Lewis’s benefit. Lindell again used her money to write himself checks.
From 2004 to 2008, Lindell served two terms as a Republican state legislator.
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