Caregiver guilty of stealing $1M from 100-year-old

AP News
Posted: Oct 05, 2012 6:18 PM

COLVILLE, Wash. (AP) — A former caregiver in northeast Washington state who was convicted of taking nearly $1 million from a Kettle Falls woman who was more than 100 years old has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

John "Herb" Friedlund was looking after Frances Swan, who is now 107, when authorities found her last year in squalid conditions that included rotting food and dog feces.

A detective had gone to Swan's home to investigate animal neglect allegations against the 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.

Friedlund was sentenced Friday after being found guilty of charges related to raiding Swan's retirement fund.


Information from: The Spokesman-Review,