Rochester woman pleads guilty to financial exploitation
A Rochester woman accused of spending more than $17,000 of another woman's money has pleaded guilty to felony financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult.
Theresa Anne Kuhn, 49, entered the plea Oct. 10; in exchange, an identical count of financial exploitation and one count of felony financial transaction card fraud were dismissed.
Her sentencing has been set for Nov. 25.
Investigators were assigned to the case after a social worker alerted Rochester police to the transactions allegedly made by Kuhn, who had power of attorney for the 76-year-old woman.
According to the criminal complaint, the older woman spent about six weeks during 2012 in a senior care services facility, where she was diagnosed with dementia. During that period, the complaint says, Kuhn made cash withdrawals of $11,289 on the woman's bank accounts, as well as credit card charges of $6,039.
When police spoke to Kuhn, she allegedly admitted that none of the money or charges went to benefit the victim. The report says she admitted to gambling and shopping sprees with the cash; the charges allegedly were for clothing and liquor and to pay her taxes.