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Montana woman pleads not guilty to exploiting ill mother

September 16, 2018

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A Montana woman has pleaded not guilty amid allegations she stole money from her mother while she suffered from cancer and showed signs of dementia.

The Montana Standard reports 40-year-old Marissa Monet Curnow remains free pending further court proceedings.

Curnow pleaded not guilty Thursday to exploitation of an older person, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Prosecutors say Curnow stole over $27,000 from her 72-year-old mother.

The mother allegedly told police Curnow and her husband had power-of-attorney over her because she was sick. The mother allegedly said Curnow was using her debit card for herself.

An adult protective services official who visited allegedly said there was no food in the house, several bills were overdue and some checks had forged signatures.


Information from: The Montana Standard, http://www.mtstandard.com

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