- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) - Authorities in Albany say a caretaker who stole $250,000 from an elderly woman and gambled away most of it has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison.

The Albany Democrat-Herald reported Thursday (http://bit.ly/10p8CEV ) that 46-year-old Ana Veronica Hagan pleaded guilty last week to criminal mistreatment and theft, and was sentenced in Linn County Circuit Court. She was ordered to make restitution and get addiction treatment in prison.

Prosecutor Jonathan Crow said investigators tracked Hagan’s spending though a gambling club card from a New Mexico race track and casino and found she lost about $233,000.

The investigation began in 2011 when credit union workers noticed suspicious activity in the victim’s account.

As part of a negotiated settlement, other charges were dismissed.

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Information from: Albany Democrat-Herald, http://www.dhonline.com

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