CRESCO, Iowa – An attorney is accused of stealing from a dead person's estate.
Todd M. Kowalke, 56 of Cresco, is charged with one count of 1st degree theft. Investigators say Kowalke took more than $35,000 from the estate of Violet Brokken during the summer of 2017 and used the money for gambling, as well as business and personal expenses. According to court documents, Kowalke admitted during a court hearing that the money in Brokken’s estate was gone, apologized to the estate’s executor and said he would repay “every penny.”
Charges were filed against Kowalke on July 19.