A Lebanon woman has been charged with aggravated theft and criminal mistreatment after Linn County Sheriff's Office detectives learned she'd stolen $43,000 from her grandmother's retirement account, according to Sheriff Bruce Riley.

Mindy Lynn Port, 32, was arrested Thursday morning and charged with the crimes after a three-month investigation. Detectives opened the investigation after an Albany woman, Port's grandmother, reported her retirement account had been depleted of funds.

Investigators learned that Port lived with her grandmother for six months to care for her. Deputies subpoenaed financial records for the alleged victim and discovered more than $50,000 had been taken from her financial accounts during the time the Port family lived with her. Investigators report they were also able to determine that Port was responsible for at least $43,000 of the missing money.

Port was charged but not booked into the Linn County Jail. The Linn County District Attorney's office is reviewing the case. 

Contact reporter Neil Zawicki at 541-812-6099 or neil.zawicki@lee.net

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