Authorities: Woman gambled grandson's college fund

CREATED Jun 8, 2012

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Authorities say a 73-year-old woman has been found in Louisiana after being charged with stealing and gambling away $97,000 from a trust fund for her grandson's college education. But she may never return to Indiana for prosecution.

Edna Sue Pate was wanted in Indiana, where the charges were filed, but authorities there said they would not have her brought there to face the charges. Officials in that state had been ordered to extradite her only if she was found in a surrounding state, which would not include Louisiana.

Messages seeking comment with Lake County, Ind., Magistrate Kathleen Sullivan were not returned Thursday and Friday.
Webster Parish Sheriff Gary Sexton says deputies found Pate at a home in the northern Louisiana town of Minden on Wednesday. But he says she's a free woman unless Indiana authorities decide to have her extradited.