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Woman sentenced for misusing funds

From staff reports

A Rochester woman accused of using an ailing relative's finances to gamble and pay her own bills while the relative's bills went unpaid has been fined, ordered to pay restitution and serve time on home detention.

Olmsted District Judge Joseph Wieners sentenced Marilyn Krueger, 55, 804 91⁄2; St. N.E., on May 19, 2003. The judge ordered her to pay a fine of $285, pay restitution of $4,287.54, and serve 45 days in a combination of jail and home detention.

She also is to attend Gambler's Anonymous and not go to casinos or be involved in gambling.

She was charged with the financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult and theft, both felonies. She pleaded guilty to the first charge, and the second was dismissed under the plea agreement.

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The complaint said Krueger had power of attorney for her 82-year-old relative and began managing her money in 1999.

Rather than paying the woman's bills, the complaint said, she used the money to pay her own bills and gamble at casinos in the Twin Cities.

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