ROCHESTER, Minn. – A Chatfield couple has been convicted on 11 counts of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult.
Jason Donald Polikowsky, 33, and Jessica Lynn Polikowsky, 42, were charged in August 2014 with 14 counts of financial exploitation as authorities accused them and Jason’s father, Donald George Polikowsky, 66, of stealing nearly $400,000 from Jason’s grandmother.
Donald Polikowsky pleaded guilty in 2016 to one count of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult for stealing from his mother and was sentenced to five years of supervised probation. He also had to pay $66,145 in restitution.
Authorities say Donald and Jessica Polikowsky were granted powers of attorney for the victim in 2011, after the elderly woman had been diagnosed with dementia in 2009, and removed vast sums of money from the woman’s accounts, changed the beneficiaries on her life insurance policies, and failed to make any payments on the woman’s home.
Olmsted County Adult Protection was granted an emergency conservatorship over the woman’s finances in 2013.
Jason and Jessica Polikowsky are now scheduled to be sentenced on July 27. One count of financial exploitation against them was dismissed and they were acquitted of two others but were found guilty Tuesday on 11 counts.