A felony charge of exploitation of a vulnerable adult was dismissed in Becker County District Court against Dustin Matthew Lee Dearinger, 41, of Frazee.
The dismissal came as part of a plea agreement by a co-defendant in the case, Ashley Nicole Jensen-Boykin, 27, also of Frazee.
Both were charged with felony exploitation of a vulnerable adult.
According to court records, on Jan. 18 a Frazee police officer was called to the Frazee Care Center on the report of possible financial exploitation of a resident. According to the complaint, Jensen-Boykin and Dearinger were accused of taking a resident, a man with early onset dementia, to the bank to withdraw money from his account on four occasions from Dec. 5, 2018, through Jan. 10, 2019.
They received a total of $1,355, according to the criminal complaint. The victim told investigators he didn’t know their names, but believed they were related to him. He said they needed money for rent one time and money to go shopping another time.
A bank video showed Dearinger’s vehicle bringing the nursing home resident to the bank to withdraw money. The two told police that the money was given to them as a gift.
Jensen-Boykin said she was not related to the nursing home resident, and none of the man’s family knew who the two suspects were or how they came to be involved with the victim.
Jensen-Boykin has already been sentenced in the case, and paid the full $750 in restitution as part of her plea agreement. The restitution amount had to be set without input from the victim’s family, which did not respond to several letters from the County Attorney’s Office, said Assistant County Attorney Braden Sczepanski, who handled the case.