COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- The estate of a former Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientist is suing financial institutions over money missing from his accounts.
The burned remains of 73-year-old Walter Sartory of Hebron, Ky., were found in an Indiana field in March 2009.
Authorities have charged Sartory's housekeeper and her son in the scientist's death. Willa Blanc and Louis Wilkinson have pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, kidnapping and other crimes.
The lawsuit, filed in Boone County and then moved to federal court in Covington last month, claims Blanc used fake documents, including power of attorney, to gain access to more than $2 million dollars in Sartory's accounts, according to The Kentucky Enquirer.
The newspaper reported attorneys from the estate and the banks are trying to negotiate a settlement.
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