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Man, son accused of stealing $335K from 81-year-old relative

Detectives started digging into the theft case in November 2020.

Posted: Sep 2, 2021 2:43 PM
Updated: Sep 2, 2021 2:43 PM

LEBANON, Ore. -- A man and his son are accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from their 81-year-old relative in Lebanon.

Sheriff Jim Yon said detectives arrested Michael Alan Gunnett, 58, and Michael Shane Gunnett, 38, both of Lebanon, after a lengthy investigation into money stolen from Michael Alan Gunnett’s mother, who has since died.

Detectives started digging into the theft case in November 2020. Financial records were subpoenaed, and detectives reportedly determined that the woman's son had taken more than $220,000 over three years and her grandson had taken more than $115,000 over a year and a half.

The elder was charged with six counts of first-degree aggravated theft and first-degree criminal mistreatment, and his son was charged with three counts of first-degree aggravated theft and first-degree criminal treatment. They were both taken to the Linn County Jail.

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