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GAYLORD — A woman is accused of stealing more than $100,000 from an elderly Gaylord couple.

Michelle Lee Mintz, 49, of Rockford, was charged Tuesday in Sibley County District Court with five felony counts of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult.

The director of Oak Terrace Assisted Living in Gaylord reported last month that Mintz had financial power of attorney for two residents of the nursing home and hadn't been paying their rent. The director reported the residents also weren't receiving needed medications because their pharmacy was refusing service due to unpaid bills.

A Gaylord police officer reviewed the residents' banking records and found more than $100,000 in withdrawals between 2015 and 2017 that did not appear to have benefited the couple, according to the criminal complaint.

Mitz allegedly then admitted to the officer she was using the couple's money to pay her own bills and buy items for family members.

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