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Coleridge woman arrested on felony charges

December 16, 2018

HARTINGTON — A Coleridge woman was arrested earlier this week on several felony charges, including theft of more than $14,000.

Kayla Renee Hansen, 28, was arrested on a warrant on charges of exploitation of a vulnerable adult, unauthorized use of a financial transaction device and theft by deception.

Cedar County Attorney Edward Matney said the exploitation charge carries a possible maximum penalty of three years of imprisonment and/or a fine, and the other two charges each carry a maximum possible penalty of 20 years of imprisonment.

According to the affidavit for arrest, Hansen had been working for the victim from the fall of 2016 to August of this year. Hansen was hired to care for the victim, cleaning house and driving the victim to and from appointments.

During this time, Hansen exercised control over the victim’s checking account and had the victim’s debit card and PIN number.

The affidavit states Hansen made at least 54 transactions using the victim’s account numbers to pay personal bills and bills for Hansen’s family members. The total amount of the transactions was $14,319.53.

Hansen is currently being housed in the Cedar County Jail on 10 percent of a $90,000 bond.

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