Exploitation Sentencing 12 May 12

A Sleepy Eye woman accused of stealing thousands of dollars from her vulnerable adult daughter was sentenced to 5 years of probation in Brown County Court on Friday and ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution. 48-year-old Ann M. LaCourse had been charged with four counts of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult and four counts of felony theft for reportedly redirecting her daughter’s direct deposits into her own bank account while the girl was living in Willmar. The crime was reported by the victim’s foster parent, and LaCourse later admitted to using the money to pay off loans and towards her other daughter’s utility bills. A 5-year prison sentence was stayed in court on Friday, although she was given 6-days in jail, with work release. She was also ordered to complete a gambling addiction assessment because many large withdrawals had reportedly been made from the daughter’s account at casinos and internet gambling sites.