Elder Abuse Suspect Re-Arrested, Charged with Theft - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Elder Abuse Suspect Re-Arrested

COLVILLE, Wash. – A Stevens County man already accused of neglecting a 106-year-old patient was re-arrested on Tuesday amid allegations he stole thousands of dollars from her personal bank accounts.

78-year-old Herb Friedlund is expected to make a preliminary court appearance on Wednesday on nine new criminal allegations including first and second degree theft.

Friedlund was already charged with criminal mistreatment of a 106-year-old woman law enforcement authorities living in a home filled with trash, rotting food and clutter.  Frances Swan reportedly asked for food when found by authorities earlier this summer.

Friedlund pleaded not-guilty to the mistreatment charges last month.  His trial is scheduled to begin in October.  Authorities have not yet decided whether to roll the theft charges into the mistreatment trial or try them separately, according to Prosecutor Lech Radzimski.

Authorities recovered bank records belonging to Swan while executing a search warrant in July.  A review of personal finances found thousands of dollars missing, according to prosecutors who are still tabulating the exact amount of money missing.

Friedlund's Attorney expressed frustration with his client's arrest.  Bevan Maxey described Friedlund as, "an elderly gentleman with some significant health problems."

Maxey declined to comment on evidence in the case and stressed hope that his client will get a fair trial.

KHQ Local News Reporter Anthony Gomes contributed to this report

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