Perjury charges dropped against Maple Grove City Council member
Prosecutors have dropped two perjury counts against a longtime member of the Maple Grove City Council, but she still faces an accusation she drained money from her ailing father's bank accounts before he died.The Michael Kors Outlet Online Store sale cheap Michael Kors Handbags with discount price and excellent quality, 30-60% off, fast shipping and no tax!
A spokesman for Hennepin County Attorney Michael Freeman said the office sought dismissal of the perjury charges against LeAnn Bobleter Sargent after it determined it lacked jurisdiction.
The charges, filed Jan. 28, accused Sargent, 62, of lying under oath in a 2011 Chapter 7 filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. But at a hearing July 2, prosecutors asked that the perjury counts be dismissed.
She was charged under parts of the state's perjury statute that make it a crime to give a false statement in "an action, hearing or proceeding of any kind in which the statement is required or authorized by law to be made under oath or affirmation," and for "any writing which is required or authorized by law to be under oath or affirmation."
Freeman said through spokesman Charles Laszewski that his office hadn't turned the case over to federal prosecutors because, "in his 15 years (as a prosecutor) he's never seen the U.S. attorney prosecute that kind of perjury case."
Sargent is a real estate broker and handbag saleswoman first elected to Maple Grove's city council in 1990. She is awaiting trial on a count of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult -- her late father, Robert E. Bobleter, a retired Department of Transportation employee who died in March 2012.
She is accused of draining his bank accounts of more than $153,000 between 2009 and March 2011, and she allegedly spent the money on bills, spa visits, handbags and other expenses.
Sargent maintains her innocence and is fighting the charge. No trial date has been set.
Robert Bobleter suffered from chronic kidney disease and when his health began to deteriorate in 2008, he named his daughter and his son, Robert Bobleter Jr., co-trustees of the Robert E. Bobleter Trust. He gave his daughter power of attorney for the trust.
When he was released from the hospital in early 2010, he moved in with Sargent and her husband. Although he was receiving home health care and other services, he also contracted with his daughter separately for other services, including paying her $1,500 a month for meal preparation, laundry and "bathing / grooming / dressing," according to the later criminal complaint.
Bobleter also paid his daughter $500 a month for rent.
Prosecutors alleged Sargent paid herself more than the $2,000 a month that the agreements allowed for. From April 2011 to her father's death in March 2012, Sargent withdrew about $18,250 from her father's checking and money market accounts, the criminal complaint alleged, and she got more than $6,000 in cash advances on his Visa card.
She is also alleged to have charged nearly $15,000 to her father's Visa card for purchases from "Handbags by Miche." Sargent has been a sales representative for the company, which markets its handbags through independent sales reps.
The criminal complaint alleges that Sargent charged some expenses for her real estate business to Bobleter's credit cards, and that she spent $1,714 for purchases from "New Reflections Spa" and "Lifetime Spa."
In February 2011, Sargent and her husband, Scott Sargent, filed for bankruptcy, listing assets of $463,720 and liabilities of $857,004. They claimed a monthly income of $5,476, but did not report the money that she got from her father.
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