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Charges: Gaylord mayor financially exploited vulnerable adult

Charges: Gaylord mayor financially exploited vulnerable adult Photo: City of Gaylord

April 04, 2019 01:45 PM

The mayor of Gaylord has been charged after authorities say he took money from a man for whom he was the power of attorney, according to court records. 

A criminal complaint states Donelly Boeder faces one count of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult.

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The complaint says Boeder served as the victim's power of attorney from July 2016 to April 2018. Boeder became the victim's power of attorney after the victim's wife passed away. 

According to the complaint, Boeder withdrew an amount totaling $30,000 from the victim's checking account in September and October of 2016. 


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After the victim told someone that Boeder had been taking funds from him, a new power of attorney was appointed. When the new power of attorney demanded Boeder return the money, Boeder only returned $11,000, according to the complaint. It was later learned Boeder used $4,300 to pay for the victim's assisted living home. The complaint also said Boeder used $6,500 to pay for a new cabin roof. 

In interviews with the authorities, Boeder admitted he wrote out two $15,000 checks and signed them, according to the complaint. 

In October 2018, Boeder returned over $8,000 to the victim that was unaccounted for. 

The city issued a statement to KSTP regarding the charges against Boeder Thursday. 

"The City of Gaylord is not a party to any legal action involving any of its elected officials," the statement read. "Because the City is not involved, any comment would be inappropriate."

If found guilty, Boeder could face up to 10 years in prison. 

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