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North Iowa woman accused of stealing from disabled persons pleads not guilty


This news story was published on January 16, 2016.
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CLEAR LAKE – A Garner woman stands accused of stealing thousands of dollars from at least 15 disabled residents at Opportunity Village in Clear Lake while she worked there, but says she’s not guilty.

Amy Palmer, age 41, was charged by Clear Lake police on November 24, 2015 with 15 counts of felony D dependent adult abuse and one count of felony B ongoing criminal conduct. She was arrested the next day on a warrant by a Cerro Gordo deputy, taken to jail and held on $50,000.00 bond, which she posted a few days later.

Allegedly, Palmer worked at Opportunity Village between 2014 and 2015 and stole $8,782.34 from the bank accounts of her victims – persons she was hired to care for. She allegedly tried to hide her deeds by altering records.

On January 13, Palmer and her attorney, Timothy Lapointe, entered a not guilty plea. She remains free as she awaits a trial date.

Amy Palmer

Amy Palmer

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11 Responses to North Iowa woman accused of stealing from disabled persons pleads not guilty

  1. Laker Forever Reply Report comment

    January 17, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    @ Pee Wee, so you would kill this mentally disturbed lady over theft of money? You are sick, and you sound like an uneducated, redneck version of Todd Blodgett. Get off of this site, and stay off. Fascist.

  2. Baxter Reply Report comment

    January 17, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Her moma used to help herself to food when she worked at Best Western.

  3. Bookie Reply Report comment

    January 17, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Scum it’s all you need to say!

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 17, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Should be mandatory minimum sentence, fine and prison, no plea bargain for theft of dependent adult victims!

  5. Pee Wee Reply Report comment

    January 17, 2016 at 10:29 am

    If this greedy bitch would of stoled from my mama she would not need no trial would already be dead, yes. I would make sure.

  6. Wondering Reply Report comment

    January 17, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Just wondering, no criticism intended. If the woman in the wheel chair is a dependent adult residing at Op Village, is it in good taste or even appropriate to publish here photo here.. is she capable of giving her consent, is this exploitation ……..thoughts anyone?

    • anonymous also Reply Report comment

      January 17, 2016 at 11:38 am

      I work in long term care and no you are not allowed to take pictures of the residents. The employees cannot have their phones in resident areas,. This picture is clearly an example of what is not allowed.

      • Wondering Reply Report comment

        January 17, 2016 at 11:49 am

        I understand that Federal Confidentiality Laws – HIPPA ….. makes it a criminal offense to disclose any information about persons receiving health care. Thanks for your insight, appears to reinforce what I have heard. This picture probably needs to go and go fast!

  7. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 17, 2016 at 7:26 am

    its always better to be found gulty by judge or jury then to plead guilty

    • LVS Reply Report comment

      January 17, 2016 at 9:01 am

      When they plead Not Guilty it is all about plea bargaining.

  8. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 16, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    So sad, stealing from the disabled.