Couple in theft case miss court arraignment

NASHUA – A former local man and his wife, charged last year with stealing $30,000 from an elderly relative in his final years, were granted a continuance of their arraignments this week after they didn’t appear as scheduled.

Kile Madsen, 53, and Debra Madsen, 50, of 21 Elm St. in Potsdam, N.Y., both of whom face one count each of theft by unauthorized taking and conspiracy to commit theft by unauthorized taking, are now scheduled for arraignment on Jan. 29 in Hillsborough County Superior Court South.

Judge Charles Temple agreed to reschedule the couple’s hearings, and wrote in his brief order that the court expects they will waive formal arraignment.

A grand jury indicted the Madsens in October, about six months after the alleged victim, a longtime Hollis resident and U.S. Army veteran, died at age 86.

The couple allegedly agreed on a scheme to transfer a total of $31,000 from the man’s investment account over the course of nine months, between December 2015 and August 2016.

The transfer allegedly gave the couple access to the funds, which, according to the indictments, they spent “at various casinos” over that period of time.

Authorities said Kile Madsen allegedly stole more than $21,000, while Debra Madsen is accused of stealing more than $10,000.

The alleged thefts, according to the indictments, occurred in Hollis “and in other locations in southern Hillsborough County,” and were conducted “with the purpose to deprive” the elderly man of funds.

They also accuse the Madsens of “intending to take advantage of (the alleged victim’s) age, or physical or mental condition, that impaired his ability to manage his property or his financial resources. …”

The charges are class A felonies, each of which are punishable by up to 7 ½ -15 years in State Prison. But authorities said the Madsens could be subject to enhanced penalties if it is determined they took advantage of the alleged victim’s diminished ability to manage his property or finances due to age or any physical or mental conditions.

Dean Shalhoup may be reached at 594-1256, or @Telegraph_DeanS.