MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A Maplewood woman is facing charges of exploitation after she allegedly took $47,000 from her mentally ill mother.

Annette Lynn Biel, 50, faces one count of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult.

According to the criminal complaint, Biel’s mother had been diagnosed with dementia in 2011 and required 24 hour care from her daughters.

After receiving two reports of alleged financial exploitation from the center where Biel’s mother was living, adult protection began looking into Biel’s mother’s care.

On Oct. 30, 2013 Biel told adult protection that she had taken care of her mother for 22 years and she had not taken any money until recently.

Biel met with adult protection again on Nov. 1, 2013.

According to the criminal complaint, during the meeting Biel admitted to taking $47,000 from her mother’s account.

Biel said she was “repaying herself for years of uncompensated care.”

Officials said she told investigators her sister took more money than she did.

The incident is currently under investigation.

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