Maple Grove City Council member faces financial, perjury charges


After an investigation was launched last year, a longtime Maple Grove City Council member faces criminal charges for allegedly stealing from her elderly father's trust fund.

The Star Tribune reports 62-year-old LeAnn Sargent was charged Tuesday with financial exploitation and perjury.

According to a search warrant affidavit filed in October in Hennepin County District Court, Sargent's half-brother, Robert Bobleter Jr., found only $346.30 in a "significantly funded" trust in which Sargent and Bobleter were co-trustees.

Bobleter told police he was concerned that Sargent took money from the trust a few days before their father's death in March 2012 to repay a mortgage on a townhouse she was going to inherit.

Since 2008, Sargent's financial records show 27 cash advances from her father's credit card totaling $97,730, another $110,000 was withdrawn from his bank account and 43 checks worth $56,850 were written from an account directly to Sargent or to pay bills.

The warrant also notes that Sargent and her husband filed bankruptcy a year before her father died. FOX9 reports the couple swore by affidavit that their combined gross annual income for 2011 was $88,000, but made no mention Sargent was receiving money from her father.

More details about the charges are expected Tuesday afternoon.

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