Kevin Wayne Jelley, 56, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, is charged with financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult – breaching a fiduciary duty by not providing care.
Eighth Judicial District Judge Jennifer Fischer ordered Jelley to remain law-abiding and to appear in the future. He appeared from a distance and was ordered to complete the reservation process later.
Daniel Matthew Mohs, of Spicer, is listed as Jelley’s defense attorney.
According to the criminal complaint, Jelley holds legal power of attorney for a female resident of a care facility in Willmar. An administrator there told a Kandiyohi County health and social service worker who works in adult protection that around $ 29,000 was owed on the woman’s account.
She receives medical assistance funds which are supposed to be used to pay for the services of the facility.
Jelley has a joint bank account with her where medical assistance funds are supposed to be deposited.
Jelley reportedly told the administrator, and later law enforcement, that he and his wife lost their jobs during the pandemic and that he used the money intended for the woman’s care to pay the bills and “to live”.
Jelley stopped making payments to the care facility in August 2019.
After confronting a facility administrator about the default and being told that another default would lead to the woman’s discharge from the facility, Jelley made a payment of a month in February 2021.
A law enforcement review of bank accounts held by Jelley and the woman showed a recurring monthly credit to a joint checking account of between $ 1,600 and $ 1,800, which appears to be medical assistance payments.
From August 2019, when Jelley stopped making payments to the care facility, until March 2021, there are several purchase transactions. from Target, Walmart and Starbucks, money transfers to an account in Jelley’s name, and ATM cash withdrawals from the pooled checking account.
Jelley’s next court date is scheduled for November 9.
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