Edna Sue Pate, a 73-year-old woman, has been charged with gambling away $97,000 that she withdrew from her grandson’s college fund.
Pate is wanted for the crime in Indiana, as the charges were filed there, but was found Wednesday in Minden, Louisiana. According to the boy’s father, authorities in Lake County, Indiana will not extradite her from Lousiana because of the expense. They were ordered to extradite her only if she was found in a surrounding state. Because they declined extradition, Pate was not arrested.
The Sheriff of Webster Parish, Louisiana, told Fox News that Pate could be arrested if Indiana chooses to prosecute her in louisiana. ”I have no reason to monitor her at this point,” he said. “If they wanted her, they just had to tell me (Wednesday) they wanted her. As far as I’m concerned she’s a free lady. She can leave. She can go anywhere.”
She is accused of withdrawing the money from a trust fund account in her grandson’s name between the 2004 and 2007. She was a trustee on the account, which was only to be used for the boy’s college education. Records from one casino show that Pate lost almost $93,000 there.
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