Caregiver sentenced for exploitation
Arma, Mo. ? An Arma woman has been sentenced to two years of probation for financially exploiting an elderly woman in her care.
Ernestine Anselmi pleaded guilty in October to one count of mistreatment of a dependent adult. The 73-year-old Anselmi admitted that she took unauthorized payments from 97-year-old Lena Zanichelli totalling nearly $1 million.
Her husband, Ernest, who was also charged in the case, died earlier this year.
Anselmi was sentenced on Tuesday to a suspended 19-month prison term. She was then put on probation, which included 60 days in jail.
She also was required to transfer several properties, including homes, land and vehicles, to Zanichelli’s estate.