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Prosecutors say Juliana Cratsenberg spent a lot of time (and money) at the Muckleshoot Casino.
Prosecutors in King County say 59-year-old Juliana Min Cratsenberg swindled


Federal Way Millionaire Andrew Cratsenberg Allegedly Bilked Out of Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars

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Prosecutors say Juliana Cratsenberg spent a lot of time (and money) at the Muckleshoot Casino.
Prosecutors in King County say 59-year-old Juliana Min Cratsenberg swindled and abused her husband, a Federal Way millionaire 27 years her senior who suffers from dementia, to the tune of several hundred thousand dollars over the course of the couple's roughly four-year relationship. Court documents filed in the case contend much of Andrew Cratsenberg Sr.'s money was gambled away at the Muckleshoot Casino. Then there was the roughly $23,000 Juliana spent on a Lexus SUV, and the $100,000 that went toward a home in Tacoma for her two adult children.

Andrew Cratsenberg's first wife passed away in January, 2008 - leaving behind her two sons, a husband and a successful commercial properties business she'd helped him run for the last 40 years.

According to court documents, by April of 2008 Andrew Cratsenberg's primary care physician had noted he was suffering from "Alzheimer's-type dementia" -classifying the condition as progressive. Despite his deteriorating health, by April, 2008 Cratsenberg had met the woman who would become Juliana Cratsenberg, at that time known as Young Min Song. Prosecutors say the couple's relationship was initially kept a secret from Cratsenberg's two sons - until April 2008, when Cratsenberg announced his new love interest would be moving in with him.

Prosecutors say that's exactly what happened; the couple was soon living together and discussing marriage, much to the chagrin of Cratsenberg's sons.

From charging documents:

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Charging documents go on to indicate that by November 2008 Juliana was involved in the family business while Cratsenberg's two sons, who'd worked for the family business for the past 20 years, were both on the outs - no longer involved in the day-to-day business, at least in part due to their father's tendency to regularly "fire" them. Also about this time authorities say Juliana had been added to Cratsenberg's personal checking account.

While all of this was transpiring, charging documents note that Andrew Cratsenberg was making extremely poor business decisions which "resulted in "substantial losses," according to charging documents. Documents filed in the case go on to note: "It became clear that he and Juliana were not competent to operate the business without intervention."

"Alarmed at Juliana's insertion into their father's business and personal life and her apparent control over his business and personal finances," according to charging documents, Andrew Cratsenberg's sons sought a court-ordered guardian for their father in January, 2009. Though Andrew ("Andy" in charging documents) and Juliana fought the guardianship, GAL Julie Schisel was appointed as a limited guardian to person and estate late that month.

In March of 2009 a doctor performed a court-ordered assessment of Cratsenberg's condition and determined he suffered from "dementia; mild to moderate memory impairment; variable orientation; occasional confusion; cognitive inflexibility; and impaired executive functioning," according to court documents. The doctor recommended Cratsenberg not be allowed to drive, and noted "he demonstrated little insight into his diminished capacity." During this evaluation, according to prosecutors, Cratsenberg told the doctor that his relationship with Juliana was not serious, denied the fact she had moved in with him, and denied "any intention of having Juliana manage his business."

Charging documents note of the March, 2009 assessment that the doctor concluded Cratsenberg might be "vulnerable to undue influence and financial exploitation."

Prosecutors say five days after this assessment Juliana entered into a purchase agreement to buy a home in Tacoma for her two adult children, using $100,000 of Cratsenberg's cash as earnest money.

Ten days after the assessment Juliana applied for a marriage license. As soon as the three-day waiting period had passed - literally by ten minutes - the couple was married in front of a retired judge with no family present.

From charging documents:

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Litigation ensued after Cratsenberg's sons sought the Vulnerable Adult Protection Order. Prosecutors say in the meantime Cratsenberg and his wife opened a secret joint checking account at Heritage Bank.

After some back and forth, a CR 2A Agreement (described in charging documents as "a less restrictive alternative to guardianship") was established for Cratsenberg in August 2009. The agreement declared Cratsenberg a "Vulnerable Adult," and established that all of his money and assets were considered separate property to which Juliana Cratsenberg had no claim to. The CR 2A agreement also created the Cratsenberg Living Trust and ordered most of Cratsenberg's assets transferred into it. In addition, the agreement reorganized Cratsenberg Properties LLC and Cratsenberg Enterprises (giving Cratsenberg's two sons power to manage them), and requiring Juliana to sign a post-nuptial agreement limiting the inheritance she could receive upon Andrew Cratsenberg's death.

From charging documents filed in the case:

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Despite the agreement, prosecutors say Cratsenberg and his wife Juliana continued to make life difficult - resulting in the civil case being reopened in August 2010. As part of that process, bank records were collected by subpoena from Key Bank and Heritage Bank, with charging documents indicating these records showed that in January 2009 Juliana Cratsenberg wrote a $23,692.12 check from her husband's Key Bank checking account for a Lexus SUV, made a habit of immediately transferring the $4,592 monthly stipend established by the Cratsenberg Living Trust into the secret Heritage Bank account (with "substantial" cash and casino checks then withdrawn from it), and made $86,051 worth of purchases on her husband's Key Bank MasterCard between December 2009 and November 2010.

Prosecutors also say the subpoenaed bank records indicate $60,515.95 was withdrawn from Cratsenberg's personal checking accounts by ATM or casino checks between December 2009 and September 2010.

Perhaps worst of all, according to charging documents on Nov. 26, 2010 Cratsenberg suffered a stroke. Instead of seeking medical help, as was recommended by a nurse assessor and a court-ordered guardian, Juliana Cratsenberg attempted to care for her husband from home. Prosecutors say at one point Juliana Cratsenberg dragged Andrew across the floor because he was unable to walk, resulting in rug burns and cuts to his feet and legs, and that it was only after Juliana was unable to lift her husband off the floor that she called 911.

Three days after suffering the stroke Cratsenberg was hospitalized, and later transferred to a nursing home. Charging documents indicate Juliana was "so disruptive at the nursing home, and so and abusive toward Andy," that she was soon prohibited from visiting him. Because of the stroke, Cratsenberg - who eventually returned home with the aid of round-the-clock care - is permanently confined to a wheelchair.

Two weeks after his stroke Cratsenberg was evaluated once again by a doctor, who determined his dementia had progressed to the point that he was unable to live without full-time assistance and a guardianship was needed.

In April 2011 a trial was held on the Petition of Guardianship, Petition for Vulnerable Adult Protection Order, and on the Petition for Enforcement of the previous CR 2 initiated by Cratsenberg's sons. Charging documents indicate that during this trial Juliana Cratsenberg represented herself, contending everything she did was at the direction of and with the consent of her husband - including the sizeable gambling losses. She also claimed to have "no understanding of the concepts of 'dementia' or 'vulnerable adult,'" according to charging documents, which go on to note that the court "did not find her explanations of consent credible."

Concluding the charging documents, Federal Way Police Detective Annette Scholl writes:

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Juliana Cratsenberg is scheduled to be arraigned on felony theft charges this week.

Find complete charging documents from the case on the following page.

Juliana Min Cratsenberg Charging Docs

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