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Woman drugged, defrauded two Medford seniors

A woman who drugged two Medford seniors to accelerate their medical declines and defraud them of half a million dollars faces years in prison.

Karin Franziska Boldt, 58, is scheduled to be sentenced late next month to at least 70 months in prison after pleading no-contest to a pair of Measure 11 assault charges alleging she used “opiates and/or benzodiazepines” against two seniors, according to court documents filed in Jackson County Circuit Court. She also pleaded no contest to aggravated theft and criminal mistreatment counts.

A no-contest plea is not an admission of guilt, but has the same legal consequences as a guilty plea. Based on a negotiated plea agreement, 21 felony charges against Boldt will be dropped, including a pair of attempted murder charges.

The male and female victims did not know each other before they were hospitalized nine days apart in March 2017, Medford police said in earlier news reports, but tests showed they’d both been drugged with a similar cocktail of medications that accelerated health declines.

Court documents and Jackson County property records show that Boldt added her name to the deed of the elderly woman’s condominium, sold it in February 2017, and used it to buy property that included a manufactured home in south Medford. Jackson County property records show Boldt still owns the manufactured home at San George Estates in the first block of South Stage Road.

Court documents say she intercepted thousands of dollars’ worth of CalPers retirement benefits from the man between February 2013 and March 2017.

Boldt pleaded no-contest July 20 to felony charges including two counts of second-degree assault, three counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment and six counts of aggravated first-degree theft.

Under Oregon’s Measure 11 laws, assault in the second degree carries a 70-month mandatory minimum sentence, but a petition submitting her no-contest pleas indicates a recommended eight-year prison sentence along with restitution on all 32 counts charged against her.

Boldt remains lodged in the Jackson County Jail on $1 million bail, and will be sentenced Aug. 31.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.

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