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Judge sentences Bozeman caregiver for defrauding woman

November 9, 2019 GMT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a Montana woman to 20 years in prison for stealing $300,000 from a quadriplegic person in her care.

Gallatin County District Judge John Brown suspended 15 years of the prison sentence but ordered 36-year-old Bridget Coulter, of Bozeman, to pay over $340,000 in restitution to the victim’s family.

Coulter said in court Wednesday she was sorry and would carry shame and regret for the rest of her life.

Prosecutor Bjorn Boyer called Coulter a “master manipulator” and says the 69-year-old victim died soon after Coulter admitted to the theft.

The Bozeman Chronicle reports Coulter took out numerous loans in the woman’s name, withdrew funds from her checking account and misused her credit cards.

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Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com