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September 12, 2014

Hammond grandmother pleads guilty to $100K raid on grandson’s education trust
By Ruth Ann Krause Post-Tribune correspondent September 12, 2014 1:52PM

Hammond grandmother pleads guilty to $100K raid on grandson’s education trust By Ruth
Ann Krause Post-Tribune correspondent September 12, 2014 1:52PM

A 75-year-old former Hammond woman who admitted in court she stole more than $100,000 from her grandson’s college education trust fund faces more than two years in prison and a judgment against her for restitution.Edna Sue Pate, who was arrested in Louisiana about two years after she was charged in Lake Superior Court with theft of more than $100,000, submitted the plea agreement for theft. In plea documents filed in court Thursday, Pate admitted she was appointed trustee in March 2003 of the $100,000 account for post-secondary education expenses of her grandson, Christian Patrick Kenneth Smith, 22, who graduated from high school in December 2011. Between February 2004 and November 2007, trust fund account records show that Pate wrote 111 checks totaling $97,007, with most of the checks made payable to cash. In December 2009, a separate education trust account was opened with Pate as trustee. Between December 2009 and April 2010, when the account was closed with a negative balance, Pate made 49 withdrawals totaling about $6,500. A total of 30 withdrawals were made at ATMs at Majestic Star II Casino in Gary or Ameristar Casino in East Chicago. Pate’s gambling records at Majestic Star Casino show she had $93,662 in losses. Pate’s plea agreement negotiated by defense attorney Lemuel Stigler and deputy prosecutor Veronica Gonzalez calls for a 26-month sentence for theft served in the Indiana Department of Correction, with no option for placement in an alternative sentencing program. It also calls for the judge to enter a judgment for restitution for $103,491.73. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 4 before Judge Samuel Cappas.
Pate, who is Smith’s maternal grandmother, was charged in May 2012 with two counts of theft, Class C felonies punishable by two to eight years, and two counts of theft, Class D felonies punishable by six months to three years. The online court docket shows that Pate was arrested April 29 and held at Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Department in Louisiana, where extradition proceedings were started. The Lake County warrant issued when the charges were filed was served May 27. It cost taxpayers $3,610 to return her to Lake County.
Pate had been in court on Tuesday and her omnibus hearing was rescheduled for Sept. 23. On Wednesday, Stigler filed a motion to add the case to the court call on Thursday for submission of the plea agreement.


Update: June 9, 2014 - After unsuccessfully fighting extradition form Louisiana, Edna Sue Pate is in the Lake County Indiana Jail. She has entered a formal appearance and has been appointed an attorney.She has also been arrested in the civil Trust case filed in 2008, and a hearing held.

Update: April 28, 2014 - EDNA SUE PATE IS IN CUSTODY!

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News Update: This will serve as notice to people in general, if you take advantage of someone I care about or work for, you will likely not get away with it. Proof of this is in the fact that the person (Edna Sue Pate) sadly my former mother in-law and my sons grandmother, who stole his $100,000.00 Education Trust has been on the run since 2008. Through dogged determination, relentless pursuit, trips to Louisiana, hundreds of hours of surveillance, protests & picketing, pleading & urging both law enforcement and prosecutors, and with a little help from my friends and family - SHE IS IN CUSTODY IN LOUISIANA AS OF TODAY - APRIL 28, 2014. She is facing extradition back to Indiana to face the day of justice in court she so justly deserves. It is with both sadness and relief that this day has finally come. I do not feel joy in knowing that however misguided, this woman will suffer, but it is her own doing to the exclusion of all others.

This will also serve as notice to those people that participated,  advised, counseled, and/or aided & abetted Edna Sue Pate - your day in court is coming very soon. There is more going on here than you realize - she is just the first domino to fall. Time to lawyer up!




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