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Charges: Attorney-in-fact used elderly woman’s money for personal pleasure, expenses

Southern MN News

A Mankato woman is accused of using her powers of attorney to swindle an elderly woman out of more than $5,000.

Margaret Elizabeth “Mitzi” Roberts, 64, was charged Tuesday with two felony counts of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult in Blue Earth County Court.

A criminal complaint says Roberts acted as attorney-in-fact for a vulnerable adult woman who is over age 90 and resides in an assisted living facility.

An investigation began in January after a witness reported overhearing Roberts admit she had paid her rent with the victim’s money.  The complaint says the victim, who has “severe cognitive impairment,” and is “hard of hearing,” did not respond to what Roberts was saying.


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