COLVILLE, Wash. (October 5, 2012)—John “Herb” Friedlund, a former caregiver in northeast Washington State, has been convicted of taking nearly $1 million from a Kettle Falls, Wash., woman who’s more than 100 years old.
Friedlund was looking after Frances Swan, who is now 107, when authorities found her last year in squalid conditions surrounded by rotting food and dog feces.
A detective went gone to Swan's home to investigate animal neglect allegations against Friedlund, 79, after neighbors reported there were starving horses on the property.
The detective found Swan inside and says she begged him, "please feed me," saying Friedlund hadn't given her anything to eat that day.
Friedlund faces as much as 10 years in prison when he is sentenced Friday after his conviction on charges related to raiding Swan's retirement fund.