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Sauk County prosecutors say a woman who agreed to handle her hospitalized neighbor’s finances secretly helped herself to more than $8,000.

Lynn M. King, 65, of North Freedom, faces one count of felony theft from an at-risk individual and four counts of felony forgery in connection with multiple bank withdrawals between May and June.

A social worker brought the allegations to the attention of a detective with the Sauk County Sheriff’s Department in July.

Prosecutors say the neighbor was hospitalized in April, and that King agreed to make withdrawals from her account so she wouldn’t get behind on rent.

The criminal complaint says King admitted to the woman that she had taken $600 more than she should have, and the hospitalized woman later asked a different person to handle her finances.

King allegedly left a phone message for that person in which she said: “I know she’s very, very angry with me, especially since she has seen her balance. Um, just let me know if she is doing well and still improving and I am still praying for her.”

The detective allegedly found withdrawals that totaled about $8,000 beyond what King was authorized to take from the woman’s account.

Each of the seven felony charges against King carries a maximum possible prison sentence of six years. She has been booked and released on a $5,000 signature bond, and is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 23.

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Reporter for the Baraboo News Republic.