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      Ellsworth woman formally charged with stealing money from elderly man

      Megan Potter, 37, was charged with two counts of forgery, two counts of uttering and publishing and one count of embezzlement from a vulnerable adult.

      The Ellsworth woman accused of stealing from the elderly man whose finances she was managing was formally charged Tuesday.

      Megan Potter, 37, was charged with two counts of forgery, two counts of uttering and publishing and one count of embezzlement from a vulnerable adult.

      Potter plead not guilty to the charges.

      According to Michigan State Police, the investigation started in early 2012 when Potter was working as an independent home aid worker for the elderly man in Hayes Township.

      State Police reported that Potter wrote 48 checks using the man's account, totally $24,000 over one year.

      She said she was licensed with the state, but was never able to show a license to authorities.

      Potter is scheduled to be back in court on February 4. In the mean time, she is out on bond.