A 46-year-old Wausau woman is behind bars on a $400,000 cash bond after she is accused of taking thousands of dollars from an elderly woman's financial investments.
Laurie Goetsch appeared in Marathon County Court Friday. She's charged with two counts of theft from an elderly person.
Court documents said from January to July of this year she received $200,000 from the account of a 95-year-old woman.
Goetsch was the woman's power of attorney, but prosecutors said those
funds were not used in the alleged victim's best interest.
Investigators said Goetsch financially exploited the woman.
In court Friday, prosecutors said she used $80,000 to bond drug dealers out of jail. The state also said alleged victim had been Goetsch's neighbor. However, 2008 or 2010 became suspects adopted mother.
Court documents said the alleged victim is worth $1 million.
Marathon County Assistant District Attorney Sidney Brubacher says his office takes every report of elder financial abuse seriously. "Everybody has a concern for adults that are at risk. We take those very seriously. Law enforcement investigates them and we prosecute them."
Goetsch will return to court on August 26 to learn if her case will head to trial.
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