Cleveland woman charged with 16 counts of financial exploitation 15 Sep 18

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.