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Iowa woman gets prison for stealing $500,000 from aunt

June 27, 2021 GMT

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman has been sentenced to nearly six years in federal prison for stealing roughly half a million dollars from her husband’s ailing aunt.

Kimberly Anny Henny was sentenced Friday to five years and 10 months in prison for taking advantage of her husband’s aunt, who was blind and suffered from diminished cognitive abilities. The 53-year-old Waterloo woman was also ordered to pay $494,724 in restitution.

Prosecutors said Henny originally had authority only over the aunt’s medical decisions, but she was able to expand that to also cover financial decisions, according to The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

Prosecutors said Henny claimed she took the money to help support the nonprofit she had started, but she actually used the money to pay for a family vacation, furniture, spa expenses and other personal items.

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When it became clear that Henny was going to be charged with a crime, prosecutors said she tried to hide her assets through a divorce and by claiming she didn’t have any income. But officials discovered that Henny received thousands of dollars in unemployment benefits last year.

Henny is also facing state charges related to the theft that are still pending.