Kathleen Lenore Brown, 62, of Barnum was charged with two counts of Financial Exploitation – Vulnerable Adult – Breach of Fiduciary Obligation – Fail to Provide Care, both felonies.
According to the complaint from the Moose Lake Police Department, on January 29, 2014, Moose Lake Police Chief Bryce Bogenholm met with Dave Hall of the Carlton County Department of Human Services in regards to an investigation concerning financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult. Hall had received reports from Oakview Assisted Living in Moose Lake that one of its residents may have been financially exploited by a family member. Hall and Chief Bogenholm met with the victim and asked her about certain transactions of her daughter, Kathleen Brown, the defendant, who had power of attorney over the victim’s affairs since September 2012.
The victim is a vulnerable adult due to mental and/or physical infirmity, suffering from short-term memory issues.
The complaint went on to state that Chief Bogenholm presented the victim with a copy of a handwritten note, to which the victim and the defendant allegedly signed, which stated, “I have given Kathy permission to take money she should need for gas or whatever she should need during the month.”
There is no date on the note, and the victim identified that it was not her handwriting and she did not remember signing it. The victim also stated that she did not recall giving permission for the defendant to buy things for herself with the money.
Chief Bogenholm and Hall reviewed the victim’s financial account records back to September 14, 2012. Those records indicated the defendant had access to three different accounts for the victim, and from the period of September 19, 2012, to December 27, 2013, the defendant used financial resources of the victim for benefit of herself, in the total amount of $25,776. In the six-month period from May 2013 to October 20, 2013 the aggregate total exceeds $14,754 for the six-month period.
The state contends that the defendant did this without the permission of the victim and that the defendant had knowledge or should have had knowledge that the victim was a vulnerable adult.
Further review of the power of attorney signed by the victim on September 17, 2012, in which she gave general power of attorney to the defendant, demonstrated the victim did not intend for the power of attorney to authorize the defendant to transfer the property to herself.
Each charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years or $20,000.
Brown made her first appearance in court on Monday, May 12, where she was given her statement of rights. Her next appearance is June 4 at 9 a.m.
Man arrested for
A citation was issued and an arrest made by a Moose Lake Police Department officer for Matthew Bruce Miller, 28, of Moose Lake on May 6 for indecent exposure at Joe Jitters Coffeehouse.
A customer stated Miller was using a digital tablet with Internet access and exposing himself. He was wearing a stocking hat, black hoody and camo pants.
Chief Bogenholm questioned the suspect outside the coffee shop after a patron had reported the incident. The suspect stated he was viewing a provocative picture on Facebook.
The suspect stated he had just moved to Moose Lake from Arkansas and that he was living at the Carroll Inn. He stated he did not have any prior arrests for indecent exposure or criminal sex crimes.
Another officer transported Miller to the law enforcement center and he was charged with Indecent Exposure, a gross misdemeanor.