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Tue., Aug. 28, 2012, 11:09 a.m.

Charges mount for Friedlund

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John H. "Herb" Friedlund, the suspect in a neglect case involving a 106-year-old woman, was arrested Aug. 2, 2011, when he showed up to court for a hearing to appoint new legal counsel. Friedlund, 78, was arrested on nine felony theft charges related to missing funds from the woman, Frances T. Swan. (Stevens County Sheriff's Department)

A Stevens County man charged with illegally raiding hundreds of thousands of dollars from the elderly woman under his care has been ordered to remain in federal custody at the Spokane County Jail.

John "Herb" Friedlund, 79, sought release Monday from U.S. Magistrate Judge Cynthia Imbrogno. But she ordered Friedlund -- who takes medicine for a heart condition -- held in custody pending reconsideration.

Friedlund was indicted last week and pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of money laundering and five counts of failing to file income taxes on money he withdrew from the retirement accounts of Frances Swan, who is now 107.

Investigators allege in both state and federal cases that Friedlund drained Swan's funds and wired large sums of money to men he met on the sexually explicit website

The state case will remain on hold as long as Friedlund remains detained on the federal charges. If he is released, it would free up Stevens County prosecutors to proceed with multiple charges in state court.

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Thomas Clouse
Thomas Clouse joined The Spokesman-Review in 1999. He currently is an investigative reporter for the City Desk and covers federal, state and local courts.

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