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Mass. woman admits taking $63K from elderly New Hampshire uncle

August 22. 2018 2:53PM

CONCORD - A Massachusetts woman pleaded guilty to five felony counts of financial exploitation of an elder adult for using $63,000 of her uncle's money.

Karla Cloutier, 50, of Winchendon, will serve 18 months to 4 years in prison on one of the charges.

On the remaining charges, Cloutier was sentenced to two to four years in state prison, suspended for five years on condition on good behavior and restitution. The suspended sentences will be served consecutively with the prison sentence.

Cloutier pleaded guilty Tuesday in Cheshire County Superior Court following a joint investigation by the Attorney General's Office and Bureau of Elder and Adult Services that found Cloutier as her elderly uncle's durable power of attorney between 2015 and 2017 had used approximately $63,000 of his money for her own benefit.

“We don't know what she spent the money on,” said Brandon Garod, assistant attorney general.

Attorneys and victim advocates work with local law enforcement to prosecute crimes involving elder abuse and financial exploitation. To report such conduct, contact local police or the Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services at 1-800-949-0470.

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