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Trial set for NH man accused of stealing $1M from terminally ill father's assets

The Associated Press

LACONIA (AP) — The trial of a New Hampshire man accused of using his power of attorney to shuffle $1 million from accounts belonging to his terminally ill father is expected to begin this fall.

Fifty-one-year-old Keith Fitzgerald of Center Harbor has pleaded not guilty to charges of theft by unauthorized taking and receiving stolen property in connection with his alleged handling of his late father's assets.

An affidavit says Fitzgerald had access to his father's $1.4 million in assets in May 2010, and transferred $1 million to multiple accounts without his father knowing.

The Laconia Citizen reports that a Laconia judge suggested last week that the prosecution and defense try to negotiate a plea bargain. The trial is set to begin Oct. 11 if they're unable to broker a deal.

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