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Woman sentenced in financial exploitation case

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Jennifer Krahn

A Rochester woman accused with her husband of spending several thousand dollars of a relative's money without permission was sentenced Monday in Olmsted County District Court.

Jennifer Mary Krahn, 51, was placed on probation for five years and forbidden from acting as power of attorney for anyone. She was ordered to complete 50 hours of community work service in lieu of a $500 fine; restitution is reserved until a July hearing.

She pleaded guilty in March in Olmsted County District Court to one count of felony financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult. In exchange for the plea, three identical counts were dismissed.

Her husband, Michael Thomas Krahn, 56, was also charged with four financial exploitation charges. He pleaded not guilty in April and is due back in court July 7.

The investigation began when a family member reported concerns about the finances of the victim, claiming the couple was using the victim's money "to support their expensive lifestyle," the complaint says.

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The victim lived at a senior living facility after a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, requiring assistance with basic needs.

According to the criminal complaint, the Krahns were responsible for the bills and expenses of the victim, and both had access to the victim's accounts.

An investigator noted several suspicious transactions and withdrawals from the accounts, court documents say, including the use of credit cards. The victim reportedly told officials the couple hadn't been told they could use the money for themselves.

The Krahns are accused of spending $30,294.28 from August 2012 through April 2014. They were charged in July 2015.

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