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Charges: Cottage Grove man swindled $50K from parents

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Authorities say a Cottage Grove man swindled nearly $50,000 after being given control of family finances.

Benjamin J. Trussell was given the duty of paying bills for his father but then stole from numerous accounts, maxed out credit cards and gambled money away, according to allegations in a Washington County District Court criminal complaint.

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Trussell was charged with two counts of theft by swindle, a felony.

According to the criminal complaint:

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Scott Wente
Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
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