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Farmington, Minn., woman charged with misusing money of vulnerable senior

It was Roxanne Meyer's job to make payments for a Farmington woman who was suffering from dementia, but police say Meyer instead used the money to pay for her own needs and those of her children.

Meyer, 52, of Farmington, was charged earlier this week with six felony counts of financially exploiting a vulnerable adult. A complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office alleges she misused the woman's funds to pay taxes, pay off loans for herself and her children and college tuition for her children, among other things.

Meyer had power of attorney for the woman, who lives at Trinity Care Center in Farmington.

Farmington police were alerted to the situation last December when the woman faced eviction from the care center because she was more than $20,000 behind in her rent.

According to the complaint, police learned during their investigation that Meyer had been using the woman's money to pay her daughter's medical bills, buy new tires for her own car and to buy wedding gifts. She also reportedly used the money to pay for food at a family Christmas gathering at her daughter's house.

According to the complaint Meyer admitted misusing more than $10,000 of the woman's money in all.

Each of the felony charges Meyer faces carries a maximum sentence of 10 years and a maximum fine of $20,000.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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