ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — State prosecutors say a former business office manager at an Albuquerque rehabilitation center is accused of using her position to steal thousands of dollars from three elderly patients at the facility.

Court records show Leanne Bennett was indicted by a grand jury this week on three counts of exploiting a resident’s property and numerous charges related to the unauthorized use of debit cards.

Investigators say Bennett is accused of gaining access to one resident’s checking account and the debit cards of two other residents. She allegedly wrote several checks to herself and made multiple withdrawals.

Defense attorney John Samore described Bennett as a good woman and said he had not yet seen any of the evidence against his client.

According to the indictment, the charges stem from 2012 and 2013.

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