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Woman admits to stealing $1,000 from man with developmental disabilities

GRAND FORKS - Police say a caregiver has admitted to stealing more than $1,000 from a Grand Forks man with developmental disabilities and using the money to pay bills and buy a flat-screen TV.

Julie Amundson, 34, told investigators she stole from the checking account of a 48-year-old man in the care of Development Homes Inc., according to a police report.

The report says Amundson confessed to using $1,017.14 to pay Verizon Wireless bills and buy a 20-inch flat-screen TV. Amundson surrendered the TV, which was entered into evidence, the report stated.

Police said the theft, which occurred sometime between Feb. 1 and June 12, was discovered during an internal audit and was reported by a Development Homes employee last month. The man's money came from Social Security checks, police said.

CEO Sandi Marshall said Amundson is no longer employed by Development Homes.

"We don't condone any exploitation of individuals, and we heightened our steps to assure that this doesn't happen again," Marshall said.

Sgt. B.A. Johnson said investigators are looking into whether there are other victims at the same residence. He said police don't know if there are other suspects or accomplices involved. Marshall said no other employees have been fired as a result of the investigation.

Amundson is charged with exploitation of a vulnerable adult, a Class C felony.

She bailed out of Grand Forks County jail Wednesday after posting $2,500 in bail.

Attempts to reach Amundson at the jail and at a listed number under her name were not successful Wednesday.