Oklahoma man charged with misusing thousands of dollars in medical assistance funds for dependent in Willmar – West Central Tribune

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WILLMAR — An Oklahoma man was released on recognizance on Wednesday after appearing in Kandiyohi County District Court for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from a woman he makes health and medical decisions for. of finance.

Kevin Wayne Jelley, 56, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, is charged with criminal financial abuse of a vulnerable adult – breach of fiduciary duty by failing to provide care.

Eighth Judicial District Judge Jennifer Fischer ordered Jelley to remain law abiding and make all future court appearances. He appeared remotely and was instructed to complete the booking 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 woman who resides in a care facility in Willmar. An administrator told a Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services employee who works in adult protection that approximately $29,000 was owed on the woman’s account.

She receives medical assistance funds which are supposed to be used to pay the facility for services.

Jelley has a joint bank account with her where the medical assistance funds are supposed to be deposited.

Jelley allegedly told the administrator, and later law enforcement, that he and his wife had lost their jobs during the pandemic and that he had used the woman’s care money to pay bills and “to live”.

Jelley stopped making payments to the care facility in August 2019.

After being confronted by a facility administrator about the lack of payment and being told that further lack of payment would result in the woman’s dismissal from the facility, Jelley made a month-long payment 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 multiple purchase transactions from Target, Walmart and Starbucks, money transfers to an account in Jelley’s name and ATM cash withdrawals from the common checking account.

Jelley’s next court date is scheduled for Nov. 9.

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