Rutledge To Plead Guilty To Fraud Charges

Primghar, Iowa — A Paullina woman who is alleged to have defrauded a person for whom she was caring has agreed to plead guilty.

According to court records, 36-year old Rebecca Rutledge faces three counts of Forgery, one count of Theft 2nd degree and one count of Credit Card Fraud. All five of the charges are Class D felonies and each carry a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and/or a $5000 fine.

According to O’Brien County Sheriff’s officials, the charges stem from their investigation into a complaint that Rutledge, who was working as an in-home health care worker for an elderly O’Brien County citizen, had gained access to the individual’s debit card and personal checking account and was allegedly using it for her own financial gain. The alleged criminal activity occurred between June and September of 2015 and resulted in over $7500 in various transactions.

Rutledge’s trial had been set to commence on Tuesday, October 25th in Primghar. But now plea taking and sentencing has been set for Monday, November 7th at 10 AM.

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