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A local woman has been arrested and charged with financial exploitation after suspicious activity was noticed in her mother’s bank account.

Maria Leemhuis, 54, handled her 72-year-old mother’s finances and was her legal guardian according to Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson.

Sgt. Jill Macey, with the sheriff’s office, said after an investigation, the victim realized her daughter was taking all her money.

“About $50,000 was taken over a year. She used it for online shopping, fast food, various items, Victoria Secret. Whatever she felt like she wanted, she would get it,” Macey said.

Leemhuis has been charged with financial exploitation and is out on bond.

“We find that in our world, the ones that take advantage, that neglect or abuse are often the closest members of the family. These aren’t strangers coming in, these are people that are breaking down the trust factor,” Swanson said.

Leemhuis is expected in court on Friday.

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