Emporia woman found guilty of mistreatment of dependent adult

EMPORIA – An Emporia woman was found guilty yesterday of mistreating a dependent adult and conspiring to mistreat a dependent adult, the Kansas Attorney General’s Office reported today.

Dalene Miller, 56, was convicted of the charges by a Lyon County jury following a four-day trial. The case stemmed from a complaint sent to adult protective services in May 2011. The attorney general alleged that Miller misused the funds of her 93-year-old mother-in-law, who was residing at a care facility.

An investigation by the attorney general’s Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division and the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office discovered that between July 2011 and January 2012, Miller acted as durable power of attorney and a trustee for her mother-in-law and made purchases including a house, farm and truck while her mother-in-law’s expenses went unpaid.

District Judge W. Lee Fowler presided over the trial and scheduled sentencing for 9 a.m. Sept. 26.

Charges remain pending against Miller’s husband, Rick Miller, who is scheduled to face trial in November.

The cases are being prosecuted by assistant attorney general Stefani Hepford with assistance from the Lyon County Attorney’s Office.


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