Updated: 03/07/2014 2:56 PM
Created: 03/07/2014 1:03 PM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart
A 24-year-old woman was convicted Thursday on multiple counts of identity and felony theft for stealing more than $150,000 from her 74-year-old grandmother over a period of 18 months.
On Dec. 12, 2012, Police said 24-year-old Elaina Lorene Casello's grandmother had called them, saying her granddaughter had illegally accessed her accounts.
From February 2011 through December 2012, Casello wrote checks in her grandmothers name. She used the funds to deposit them in her own bank accounts and to other people, according to a criminal complaint.
The investigation showed between February and August 2011 Casello had accessed her grandmother's two bank accounts and wrote over $85,000 worth of checks, which she then cashed in her own bank account at a Forrest Lake TCF branch, the complaint said.
She also used her grandmother's funds to pay nearly $10,000 in bills during the 18 month period, along with paying rent and creditors, the complaint said.
Casello admitted to Forest Lake police that she had stolen the checkbook from her grandmother's purse, but also said her grandmother gave her permission to pay some bills, the complaint said.