The Thomas Middleton Case

By Margaret Dore, Esq., MBA

In Oregon, physician-assisted suicide was used to facilitate a fraud against an elderly man named Thomas Middleton. An article from states:
State and court documents show Middleton, who suffered from Lou Gehrig's disease, moved into Sawyer’s home in July 2008, months after naming her trustee of his estate . . . .  Middleton deeded his home to the trust and directed her to make it a rental until the real estate market improved.
Instead, Sawyer signed documents that month to list the property for sale, two days after Middleton died by physician-assisted suicide. The property sold . . . for more than $200,000[, which] . . . was deposited into an account for [Sawyer’s benefit]. (Emphasis added).
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