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MCCLENNAN COUNTY

Local Woman Forced To Repay For Cheated Estate

By John Elizondo

MCCLENNAN COUNTY - A McLennan County judge wants the woman accused of cheating an elderly man out of his estate to pay that money back.

Melissa Adler was in court today for her sentencing when 54th District Court Judge Matt Johnson reset her sentencing date for November 28th.

Adler and her lawyer, Ray Rushing, were indicted in June of 2011 for convincing an elderly man to sign his will over to Adler, who would later plan on giving $5,000 to Rushing.

The two were accused of cheating the will's rightful heir out of the estate, worth nearly $170,000, and both were charged with two counts of mis-application of fiduciary property, theft of an estate, and securing execution of a document by deception.

Adler has been ordered to pay back nearly everything she took from that man to his family.

Before the judge sentences her to any sort of probation, he wants to make sure she is able to do that first.

Adler's attorneys are hopeful to get her 10 years probation.  

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