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Wichita woman ordered to pay restitution in financial exploitation of elderly parents

Release Date: Jun 02, 2015

WICHITA – (June 2, 2015) – A Wichita woman was ordered today to pay restitution related to financial exploitation of her elderly parents, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett announced.

 Mary Lynn Burnett, 62, was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $200,000 to her parents by Judge Christopher Magana in Sedgwick County District Court. Magana also sentenced Burnett to 60 months probation with an underlying sentence of 34 months in prison.  Additionally, Burnett must continue receiving treatment for her gambling addiction. The charges stemmed from an investigation that revealed that between May 2009 and November 2013 Burnett, who was appointed as guardian and conservator for both of her elderly parents, regularly withdrew money from their bank accounts without permission to support her gambling habit. In February, she pleaded guilty to theft of property in an amount greater than $100,000.

 The case was investigated by the attorney general’s Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division. Assistant District Attorney Robert Short of the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office and Assistant Attorney General Stefani Hepford of Schmidt’s office prosecuted the case.

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