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UPDATE: Antrim Co. Woman Formally Charged For Embezzlement

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The woman accused of stealing more than $20,000 from an elderly Charlevoix County man is now officially charged.

Monday, we told you about the investigation into Megan Potter who worked as a caregiver for a man in his Hayes Township home.

Tuesday morning, Megan Potter was charged with five crimes, including forgery and embezzling from a vulnerable adult.

She pleaded not guilty to the crimes, and will be back in court later this month.

State police say she posed as a licensed caregiver, but never gave proof to the family.

Police say Potter was in charge of the man's finances, and troopers say she used the man's checkbook to write herself checks totaling $24,000.

Police and home care givers say there are ways for senior citizens to avoid being taken advantage of.

Police say changes in banking and a yearly audit can help.

Angel Heart Home Care in Petoskey also says care givers should be bonded and insured, and never given access to finances.

9&10's Alyssa Gambla and Erin Malone talked to police and others about how seniors can protect their finances.