Forest Grove attorney Robert Andrew Browning pleaded no contest in Washington County Circuit Court on Tuesday to 13 counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment.
A grand jury indicted Browning in September after a two-year investigation into the financial exploitation of Browning's mother and former mother-in-law. Browning was charged with 14 counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment; McCauley dismissed one of those counts Tuesday.
Between 2007 and 2009, McCauley said, Browning held power of attorney for both his mother, Josephine "Alice" Browning, and his former mother-in-law, Laura Sullivan. Both women, now deceased, were in residential care facilities at the time and had dementia, McCauley said.
Browning moved money from both women's bank accounts into his own accounts on numerous occasions, McCauley said. The money transfers and withdrawals ranged from $1,000 to $45,000, McCauley said, and Browning spent none of that money on the victims' care.