Elder abuse case includes property fraud
Neither victim in a convoluted elder abuse case knew the other one, Medford police say, but property and court records show that the two seniors Karin Franziska Boldt allegedly tried to kill had been roped into convoluted real estate dealings with her.
Boldt, 55, has been arraigned on 30 felony charges that include attempted murder for accelerating two Medford seniors' medical declines in March 2017, along with aggravated theft counts over financial and real estate dealings well into the six figures since at least 2013, according to court records. In earlier reports, Medford police said she defrauded them of more than half a million dollars.
Medford police Lt. Justin Ivens said Boldt attempted to cause the deaths of two seniors by over-medicating them.
"That's one of the key factors that led to a decline in their health," Ivens said.
Boldt is accused of attempting to murder an elderly man March 10, 2017, and attempting to murder an elderly woman nine days later, March 19, according to an indictment filed Monday. The two victims were strangers to each other, according to Ivens.
"These two elderly people did not know one another," Ivens said.
The yearlong investigation that led to Boldt's arrest Friday was intricate and complex, according to Ivens. The U.S. Department of Justice assisted Medford police with "forensic accounting" and other financial sleuthing.
"There was so much more to the investigation," Ivens said. "I've seen the reports; it's a monster."
Boldt is accused of adding her name to the deed of the elderly woman's condominium, selling it in February 2017, then using the proceeds to buy property in Medford and Klamath Falls, court records and property records show.
Jackson County property records show $10 transactions involving the woman's condominium in the 1200 block of North Modoc Avenue in 2015 and 2016, which Boldt sold Feb. 28, 2017, for $185,000. Court documents allege she used proceeds from the sale to buy a manufactured home in Medford the following March, and a Klamath Falls house the following April.
In the male victim's case, Boldt is accused of intercepting thousands of dollars in the man's CalPers retirement payments, court documents say, while other felony theft charges allege she made thousands of dollars in online and in-person purchases.
The nature of Boldt's relationship with the two seniors isn't clear, according to Ivens.
"Obviously, she had enough access to these two people to befriend them and start taking advantage of them," Ivens said.
Boldt is also accused of financially mistreating the man between February 2013 and March 2017, but a 2016 filing Boldt made in Jackson County civil court, indicates earlier involvement in his finances.
A contract dispute complaint Boldt filed in 2016 on the man's behalf describes an attempt to purchase a house at 220 North Pacific Highway in Talent, now owned by a bank. The bizarre complaint references payments made by money order beginning in 2009, and a down payment in the form of a $27,000 boat. Boldt alleged that despite the payments, the property purchase was never recorded. The case was dismissed in 2017.
Boldt was listed in an earlier news report as "Karin Karly Boldt," but records in the criminal case also list aliases of "Karine Boldt," "Karin Jacob," "Karin Tinney" and "Karin Ruf."
She made her initial appearance Monday on felony charges including two counts of attempted murder, five counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment, 13 first-degree theft charges, seven counts of aggravated first-degree theft, two counts of attempted aggravated first-degree theft and once count of money laundering.
Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Lorenzo Mejia set Boldt's bail at $1 million Monday and placed intensive conditions should she be released, including no contact with the victims and not to transfer or encumber her manufactured home or Klamath Falls home. As of Wednesday, Boldt remained lodged in jail. Her next court appearance is set for the first week of March.
— Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.