Rochester,MN (KROC AM News) - A Webster, Wisconsin woman has been sentenced to 20 years on probation for a conviction involving the theft of money from an elderly resident of Olmsted County.

54-year-old Debra Hitchcock-Gale earlier entered an Alford plea to a charge of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult. The plea means she did not admit guilt, but acknowledged there is sufficient evidence to convict her of the charge.

The criminal complaint says Hitchcock-Gale had been granted power of attorney to take care of the finances of a family member with severe Alzheimer’s disease and was accused of taking money and selling property worth $226,000 over a 2 ½ year period beginning in January 2012. It was alleged some of the money was used for gambling at a number of casinos.

Court documents indicate the amount of restitution owed by Hitchcock-Gale will be determined at a later date.

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