Iowa woman accused of stealing nursing home money

Published On: Jan 03 2013 02:43:23 PM CST
DECORAH, Iowa (AP) -

A woman in northwest Iowa has been accused of stealing money from a nursing home where she worked for 36 years.

The Gazette reports Nancy Elsbernd was charged last week with first-degree theft and ongoing criminal conduct for taking money from the Aase Haugen Nursing Home in Decorah. A police affidavit says the 64-year-old admitted to investigators that she issued checks to herself over the past five to six years.

Investigators say more than $55,000 is missing from the nursing home's finances. Auditors are still checking the records, which Elsband had access to.

Elsbernd is out on bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 7. She faces up to 35 years in prison if convicted.

A message left for Elsbernd's attorney was not immediately returned Thursday.