As a financial specialist for Lutheran Social Service, Kathy Jo Feist had 31 vulnerable adults as clients. She was supposed to handle their finances and disburse money to them as they needed it.
Instead, court documents filed Wednesday say she allegedly stole more than $103,000 from her clients. She spent it at casinos and on dining out, and for vacations to Tampa, Fla., the Black Hills, Ely, Minn., Iowa City and Wisconsin Dells. She also used some to make purchases at grocery, hardware and clothing stores and nail salons. And some went to pay her cable, cell phone, dental and prescription drug bills and other personal expenses.
Feist is scheduled to make her first court appearance Feb. 23.
Bob Bach, an attorney for Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, said LSS uncovered the theft internally and did a full audit, which was then submitted to St. Paul police.
"But LSS didn't stop there," Bach said Thursday. "It's gone forward and reimbursed all the clients who had any monies taken from their account illegally. Nobody should be out any money as far as we can tell from our audit. We take our mission very seriously as protectors of these vulnerable adults."
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