Couple Pleads Guilty To Draining Woman's Savings

The King County Prosecutor's Office is asking a judge to sentence Michael and Katie Lambard to nearly three-and-a-half years in prison for befriending an elderly woman and draining her savings by writing checks to themselves and purchasing new vehicles.

Last year, we detailed how the broader Lambard family met Martin, pulled her into their circle, then started helping themselves to her money. Several members of the family are involved in civil suits with Martin, but only two, Michael and Katie, were charged with actual crimes. Last week, the Lambards pleaded guilty to six counts of first degree theft (for instances in which they stole more than $1,500) and an additional three counts of second degree theft (for amounts between $250 and $1,500). Dan Satterberg's office originally charged the couple with the six first-degree counts and 27 counts of second-degree theft.

Deputy prosecutor Page Ulrey says that in addition to the jail time, the prosecutor's office is asking for about $300,000 in restitution to Martin. Sentencing is set for Aug. 14.

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