- Associated Press - Thursday, March 16, 2017

OSAGE, Iowa (AP) - An Osage woman accused of stealing from her mother to gamble at a local casino has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge.

The Mason City Globe Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/2nez3MA ) that 58-year-old Marilyn Jo Spartz pleaded guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor third-degree theft. In exchange, prosecutors dropped a charge of felony theft.

Police say she took more than $2,300 from her mother’s account to gamble at a casino, as well as to buy a bus ticket for her boyfriend to travel to Iowa.

Police say the theft was uncovered after Spartz’ mother’s health insurance plan was cancelled for nonpayment after the mother’s checking account was drained. The rehabilitation center caring for the woman contacted the Iowa Department of Human Services, and an investigation was launched.

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Information from: Globe Gazette, https://www.globegazette.com/

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