Trial of former lawmaker accused of stealing millions of dollars wraps up; verdict expected

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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - The case of a former state lawmaker accused of theft in a big way is now in the hands of a jury.

Prosecutors say 53-year old Robert Lindell Jr. stole more than $3 million from two elderly women and evaded taxes.

Lindell says he did use funds to pay off credit cards and tuition for his child's school and was able to do that because he transferred some of his own assets into the accounts.

In closing arguments, the State said Lindell's testimony was full of "blaming" and that Lindell was all about himself.

His defense claims the State's case was full of "bias," and just because Lindell was withdrawing money from the trust in different ways does not necessarily mean a crime occurred.

"One doesn't walk into a store, commit a theft, walk out, pay it back later, and then there is no more theft. It was nice that the money was paid back, but it does not undo the theft," said Assistant Attorney General, Gregg Bernstein.

"The State knew that the trust document that governed her trust game Mr. Lindell certain powers as trustee," said defense attorney, Harris Mattson in closings. "The State knew that Mr. Lindell had the power to encumber or borrow against the values of property in the trust by virtually any means."

If convicted, Lindell could face up to 10 years in prison and be fined $20,000.

He could also wind up having to pay more than $2 million in restitution.