Austin woman pleads guilty to financial exploitation

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Authorities say she stole thousands of dollars from vulnerable adults.

Posted: Jun. 15, 2018 3:27 PM

AUSTIN, Minn. – A woman accused of stealing thousands of dollars from vulnerable adults is pleading guilty.

Bridget Ann Fodness, 40 of Austin, has reached a plea deal with prosecutors where she will plead guilty to one count of financial exploitation while two other counts of the same crime and a charge of theft will be dismissed.

Authorities say Fodness stole $17,351 from nine separate people while working as a guardian or conservator for Independent Management Services. The company said part of her job was to go shopping and buy things for IMS clients.

A sentencing date has now been set on August 23.

When she was arrested in October 2017, Fodness reportedly told Austin police she was struggling with bi-polar disorder and was self-medicating with alcohol during the time of the thefts.

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