Trial begins for former Frankfort lawmaker accused of bilking money

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The trial is underway in Bangor for a former lawmaker from Frankfort, accused of bilking at least $3 million from two elderly women.

Opening statements began Tuesday morning in Bangor in the case of 53-year-old Robert Lindell, Junior. He's also charged with tax evasion.

He's a broker and financial adviser who moved to California in 2014.

He served one term in the Maine House.

The attorney general's office says while still in Maine, Lindell handled the estate of a 92-year-old Belfast woman who died in 2012.

He also managed assets for a woman in her 80's, living in France.

The trial is scheduled to last the week.