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Woman Suspected of Illegally Using Vulnerable Adult’s ATM Card

Maima Nicole Johnson is accused of using the card to make withdrawals in Hopkins and St. Louis Park and to purchase items at Target.

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.

Fabuladico February 22, 2013 at 09:15 PM
This is more than just theft of money, it's theft of trust. I have hear on several occasions now of these so called PCA companies who had employees who were less than trustworthy. I recall this last summer there was a gangbanger who was arrested for emptying his gun on a rival gangster. He was also employed as a PCA. I have done this work on numerous occasions. These people trust their PCAs; they must trust their PCAs, because they are the only help that they have. I have never violated that trust. I am absolutely amazed that these companies don't do background checks on these people. The Fraser Company should be held financially responsible for the loss, and should be on notice that further incidents will cost them their license. As for me, I would never hire them to care for a loved one, and if I had, I'd cancel my contract.
James Warden February 22, 2013 at 09:42 PM
It's worth noting that Fraser was also the one that reported the crime.

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