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Elderly Duluth woman's aide ordered to repay $35,000 she stole

An elderly woman's personal assistant who stole more than $35,000 from her employer received a probationary sentence Wednesday, but she was ordered to pay back the money she stole.

Jamie Marie Swor

An elderly woman's personal assistant who stole more than $35,000 from her employer received a probationary sentence Wednesday, but she was ordered to pay back the money she stole.

Jamie Marie Swor, 36, of Duluth pleaded guilty in April to the felony crime of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult, who lived in a nursing home.

Swor had no comment before being sentenced by Judge Mark Munger. The defendant was sentenced to six years of supervised probation and was ordered to complete 80 hours of community service within six months and to pay $35,537 in restitution to her victim.

A Duluth police officer went to the Primrose Assisted Living facility on Maple Grove Road on Aug. 23 to investigate a report of check forgery.

It had been reported that an 84-year-old resident of the home was being financially exploited by Swor, whom she had hired as an assistant.

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Swor was not an employee of the assisted-living facility.

A police investigator learned that the elderly woman hired Swor in March 2010 to help with chores, transportation to appointments, grocery shopping and a variety of other tasks.

In August, a local bank contacted the victim to notify her that her account had a negative balance of $800. The woman went to the bank and discovered that Swor had forged numerous checks on her checking account and wrote them out to herself.

The police investigator obtained copies of the checks and video images of Swor cashing the checks.

According to the complaint, Swor admitted to stealing the checks from her employer's checkbook and forging and cashing 72 checks totaling $35,537.

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