Caregiver sentenced for stealing nearly $1 million from elderly woman

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Posted on October 5, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 5 at 5:21 PM

STEVENS COUNTY, Wash.-- A former Steven County caregiver was sentenced in court Friday. John "Herb" Friedlund was convicted of taking nearly $1 million from a Kettle Falls woman who was more than 100 years old.

Friedlund was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Friedlund was charged with mis-treating 107-year-old Francis Swan and draining her retirement account.  Authorities found her last year in extremely poor conditions that included rotting food and dog feces.

A detective had gone to Swan's home to investigate animal neglect allegations against 79-year-old Friedlund after neighbors reported starving horses on the property.

The detective found Swan inside and says she begged "please feed me," saying Friedlund hadn't given her anything to eat that day.
 

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