A federal court has frozen the bank accounts and assets of the brother and sister-in-law of Coupeville resident Shea Saenger, who last month pled guilty to bilking an elderly Alzheimer’s victim out of $2.2 million.
A restraining order and injunction to preserve the personal properties of Mark and Rosemary Lumpkin of Arkansas was filed July 28 in U.S. District Court in Seattle.
In the filing, the federal government states that Saenger, 60, admits that she fraudulently obtained about $2 million from 80-year-old Ellensburg resident Norman Butler and transferred more than $1.1 million of it to her brother and sister-in-law.
Saenger faces up to 20 years in prison when she is sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Richard A. Jones on Oct. 7.
An affidavit from the federal government traces the fraudulent proceeds from Saenger to bank accounts held by the Lumpkins, and from those accounts, purchases of vehicles and farm equipment.
The restraining order and preliminary injunction freezes the Lumpkins’ savings and checking accounts, and vehicles that include tractors, trucks, trailers and a Harvest Master grain hopper.
The injunctions are designed to freeze the assets to make sure they are available to anyone making a claim for them, such as Butler’s family.
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