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Corsica man pleads guilty to stealing from grandmother

ARMOUR -- A Corsica man has pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from his grandmother. David Stetson, 48, will be responsible for restitution totalling $27,463.55, the South Dakota Attorney General's Office announced Friday morning. St...

ARMOUR - A Corsica man has pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from his grandmother.

David Stetson, 48, will be responsible for restitution totalling $27,463.55, the South Dakota Attorney General's Office announced Friday morning. Stetson was charged in April with three counts of theft by exploitation but reached a deal and pleaded guilty to one count. It is a Class 4 felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $20,000.

Stetson was named in a police affidavit as the power of attorney for his grandmother, who was being cared for in the Armour nursing home.

"The nursing home contacted (the Douglas County Sheriff's Office) due to not receiving any payment for care since (the grandmother) had been placed with them," the affidavit says. The Armour Nursing Home provided a billing statement for the grandmother, which as of Sept. 1, 2017, showed an outstanding balance of $11,104.88.

According to court documents, law enforcement interviewed Stetson in January. During that time, Stetson allegedly admitted to knowing he was not supposed to use the money for himself, but yet he did.

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Stetson was also asked whether he knew it was wrong to spend the money on himself even though he was his grandmother's power of attorney and allegedly responded, "Yeah."

A review of his grandmother's bank account showed that between 2015 and March 2018, Stetson spent approximately $6,744.50 in 2015, $6,862.63 in 2016 and $13,856.42 in 2017 and 2018, according to court documents.

The affidavit, dated June 21, also states Stetson had other expenditures at a local grocer and other stores and made cash withdrawals.

The case was investigated by the Office of the Attorney General Elder Abuse & Financial Exploitation and is being prosecuted by the Attorney General's Office.

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