Caregiver Accused of Million-Dollar Theft

ARMA, Kan. (AP) _ A caregiver is accused of bilking a 97-year-old southeast Kansas woman for almost 1 million dollars.

The Kansas Attorney General's Office said Wednesday that it charged 74-year-old Ernestine Anselmi with felony mistreatment of a dependent adult, Lena Zanichelli. Both women are from the Crawford County town of Arma.

Anselmi was arrested last week and posted $50,000 bond.

Attorney General Stephen Six's spokeswoman Ashley Anstaett said Anselmi and her husband, Ernest Anselmi, had been acting as "unofficial guardians'' for Zanichelli since May of this year.

The charge alleges that Ernestine Anselmi used "undue influence, coercion, deception, and false representation'' to make payments to herself and others with Zanichelli's money.

The attorney general has appointed an emergency guardian for Zanichelli.

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