Age at the time of arrest: 55
Date of sentencing: April 23, 2019
Robert K. Lindell, former Maine lawmaker, is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence, followed by a consecutive suspended 7 years, and three years of probation. Additionally, he has been ordered to pay $750,000 in restitution. At the time he was sentenced approximately $500,000 in stolen funds had been recovered. As of now, this is one of the most significant prison sentences imposed on a Maine financial crimes case.
Lindell defrauded two elderly widows out of more than $3 million and failed to pay income taxes on the money. Lindell began acting as a securities agent for Phyliss Poor in the early 2000s and was given power of attorney and named co-personal representative of her estate and trustee of accounts for her disabled veteran son. They would meet weekly at the widow’s home to discuss her finances. Lindell stole money from her estate and from her trust as well as her disabled sons trust by writing checks to himself and his company. His second victim, Gianna Lewis, lives in France and has known Lindell since he was born. He was the trustee for accounts set up for Lewis’ benefit by her late husband. Lindell was writing himself checks from her account as well. Lindell used the stolen money to buy, renovate, and live in a California wine country home, pay for personal and business expenses, lavish travel, dining, and shopping.