A Crystal woman is accused of using the ATM card of a “vulnerable adult” who was a client of the disabled-adult provider the woman worked for.
Hopkins Police learned about the case Jan. 4 when an employee of Fraser Co., which provides services to disabled adults, told officers that she suspected an employee named Maima Nicole Johnson, 35, improperly used a client’s ATM card, Detective Renee Meuwissen wrote in the charging documents.
The company learned about the theft when a rent check came back because there were insufficient funds in the account. A Fraser employee checked the account and found that there were eight “unauthorized and undocumented withdrawals” totaling $480 between Nov. 8 and Jan. 1. Seven of those occurred at the Wells Fargo ATM at 1011 First Street S., and one was in St. Louis Park.
The client’s debit card had also been used at the St. Louis Park Target on Dec. 18 and Jan. 1.
Video surveillance showed Johnson making the ATM withdrawal while wearing long earrings. The Target video showed a woman wearing the same long earrings and accompanied by the theft victim’s roommate, a woman in a walker.
On Jan. 8, Johnson admitted to using the client’s card at Target but denied using it at the ATMs, according to court documents. On Jan. 18, she told police that she’d used the client’s ATM card to make withdrawals.
Johnson has been charged with gross misdemeanor financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult—which carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a $3,000 fine if she’s convicted.
She’s also been charged with misdemeanor theft, which carries a maximum sentence 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. She’s scheduled to appear in court at 9:30 a.m. March 18.