Woman Arrested for Embezzling $600K from Deceased Step-Father

PRINCETON, Ind. (WOWO): Indiana State Police arrested a Fort Branch woman Wednesday for allegedly embezzling over 600-thousand dollars from her now-deceased stepfather.

The investigation began in December 2013 after ISP detectives received information about money missing from the bank accounts of Franklin Douglas.

Douglas died in September 2012 and his stepdaughter, 66-year-old Brenda Lee, had power of attorney which gave her full access to Douglas‘ bank accounts. The investigation revealed that Lee allegedly embezzled over 600-thousand dollars from Douglas‘ accounts between January 2009 and September 2012. Lee allegedly used the money for her personal use.

The Gibson County Prosecutor‘s Office issued a felony arrest warrant for Lee, who was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon. She is being held on bond at the Gibson County Jail on a felony charge of theft and a misdemeanor charge of check deception.