Guilty Plea

An Arma woman pleaded guilty this week to charges of financially exploiting an elderly woman in her care.

Attorney General Steve Six announced Wednesday that Ernestine Anselmi, 73, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one count of mistreatment of a dependent adult, a level six person felony. Anselmi, and her late husband Ernest Anselmi, were charged in September 2008 with making unauthorized payments to herself from the checking account of 97-year-old Lena Zanichelli totaling nearly $1 million. Anselmi intentionally used undue influence, coercion, deception or false representation to take unfair advantage of Zanichelli, according to Six’s office. Ernest Anselmi died earlier this year.

Sentencing is set for February 2010. The possible sentence for a level 6 person felony is between 17 and 46 month depending on the defendant’s criminal history. In this case, it is likely presumptive probation because Anselmi has “little to no” criminal history, according to Six’s office.

Full Article and Source:
Anselmi Pleads Guilty to Exploitation (With Plea Documents)

5 Responses to “Guilty Plea”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Probation isn't good enough for all that money. Who will she do next?

  2. Anonymous Says:

    She may have had little or no criminal history before this incident, but her slate is full now.

    If lienency is given, it should be considered that a light sentence, paying resitution — and many, many hours of community service might be acceptable.

  3. Betty Says:

    Her past criminal history should be considered, of course, but more important is the seriousness of her crime and her remorse, if any.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    If she gets off easy, then she learns nothing except crime pays.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Community service is a good idea, Anonymous 2.

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