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The answer is Yes, the trustee breached the trust and violated his fiduciary duties, and can be removed by Court order, and can be ordered to reimburse the trust.Probate
Code 15642 states, in part:
"(a) A trustee may be removed in accordance with the trust
instrument, by the court on its own motion, or on petition of a
settlor, cotrustee, or beneficiary under Section 17200.
(b) The grounds for removal of a trustee by the court include the
(1) Where the trustee has committed a breach of the trust."
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