Grand Meadow woman’s case diverted from court system

(ABC 6 News) – UPDATE: Olmsted County Court accepted a Grand Meadow woman’s petition to plead guilty to financially exploiting seniors at an assisted living facility, in exchange for two years of unsupervised probation without a conviction.

Chelsey Jean Struckmann, 28, was accepted into the Olmsted County Pre-Trial Diversion Program, which attempts to channel criminal offenders into community rehabilitation or training, rather than incarceration.

Struckmann previously agreed to repay the $6,491.75 she withdrew from four seniors’ bank accounts between 2020 and 2021.

(ABC 6 News) – A Grand Meadow woman entered a guilty plea Tuesday after being accused of stealing more than $6,400 from four vulnerable adults in her care in March of 2021.

Chelsey Jean Struckmann, 28, faces one charge of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult after a supervisor at an assisted living facility where Struckmann worked reported discrepancies in the seniors’ bank accounts, to which only Struckmann had access.

According to court documents, Struckmann admitted to stealing $6,491.75 from four victims between late 2020 and early 2021, in the following amounts:

  • Victim 1 — withdrawals from 11/22/20 through 3/17/21 totaling $2,120.50;
  • Victim 2 — withdrawals from 12/22/21 through 3/17/21 totaling $2,820.50;
  • Victim 3 — withdrawals from 12/23/20 through 2/16/21 totaling $1,470.75;
  • Victim 4 — withdrawals from 1/19/21 through 1/19/21 totaling $80.00.

On Tuesday, Nov. 15, Struckmann entered a petition to plead guilty, in which she asked to be accepted into the Olmsted County Pre-Trial Diversion Program in exchange for an admission of guilt and repayment of the $6,491.75.

Struckmann’s plea hearing is scheduled for Dec. 12, 2022.