Accusation: Iowa Woman Stole $400,000 From Relative with Dementia
A Black Hawk County woman is charged with stealing $400,000 from her husband's mother over a period of more than two years.
51-year-old Kimberly Ann Henny allegedly took the money between July of 2014 and August of 2016. Henny's mother-in-law was in her 80's and suffering from dementia at the time. She passed away earlier this year.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier says Henny took the money and used it for her family and herself, with money put into a non-profit organization that she headed. She was arrested Monday, November 19 and faces two felony charges for first-degree theft and dependent adult exploitation. The arrest and charges were brought after Henny didn't repay the money.
Waterloo police say Henny was taking money with checks her mother-in-law had signed until November of 2015 when she became the woman's power of attorney. Court records indicate money was then accessed via debit card and cash withdrawals.
Henny told authorities some of the money was used to care for her mother-in-law through Henny's rehabilitation services business. Instead, police say the money went to buy furniture and pay rent on Henny's home, and that money was put into multiple accounts belonging to her and other family members. Court records indicate some money was used for a trip outside of Iowa, that did not include the victim and that nearly 90 percent of the money was put into an account bearing the name of Henny's non-profit.
After being quizzed about the situation by estate planners, Henny said she would pay back the money after getting paid back for rehab services that she had given. However, an investigation revealed Henny was no longer permitted to receive Medicare reimbursement.
Henny has been released from the Black Hawk County Jail while she awaits trial.