Cleveland woman charged with 16 counts of financial exploitation
A Cleveland woman was charged with 16 counts of financial exploitation
of a vulnerable adult after allegedly stealing almost $25,000.
38-year-old Karla Schmitz was charged on Thursday in Nicollet County
court. According to the criminal complaint, Schmitz worked at an adult
foster care center in St.Peter as a Representative Payee, her
responsibilities included managing social security monies for vulnerable
adults. After an investigation, it was found that Schmitz had been
writing resident checks out to buy gift cards that she used for herself.
According to the complaint, there were 13 victims, having anywhere from
$150 to over $7,000 stolen from them. They found that Schmitz used
these gift cards to buy herself groceries, go to the salon, and even on
her honeymoon in Mexico.