An Anchorage man's out-of-state family is outraged that a man he trusted is charged with stealing huge chunks of his fortune.
"All my relatives are furious about it," said Seattle surgeon Peter Wolff, cousin of victim Sam Lee, 48, and trustee for Lee's $3 million trust fund, money amassed by the victim's award-winning physicist parents for Lee's long-term care.
The money that police say William "Mike" Dixiano, 61, took from Lee is just part of the story of Dixiano's betrayal, Wolff said.
"That wouldn't necessarily have been so bad if he'd been helping take care of him, but then I find out he left him living in a trailer," Wolff said.
Lee's family was stunned by news from police in late December that quarterly $20,000 checks to Lee were being stolen, that he wasn't living in the Jewel Lake house they thought he owned, but instead in an East Anchorage mobile home park, Wolff said. The family wonders if the man arrested for the theft also ripped off $600,000 in cash from Lee several years ago, Wolff said.
For now, Dixiano resides not in the Lakeridge Circle house -- which Lee signed over to him in 2006, according to state records -- but in an Anchorage jail cell held on $100,000 cash bail. Dixiano was arrested last week and faces seven felonies: theft, forgery and scheming to defraud.
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