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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Lake Park mayor, Wittnebel, freed on own recognizance

  • The mayor of Lake Park has been released on his own recognizance after a court appearance on criminal charges he financially exploited his sister, a Down’s syndrome patient.
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  • The mayor of Lake Park has been released on his own recognizance after a court appearance on criminal charges he financially exploited his sister, a Down’s syndrome patient.
    Aaron Wittnebel, 32, was charged Aug. 6 in Becker County District Court with financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult and failure to provide care, a felony.
    Court documents state Wittnebel, who was his disabled sister’s guardian, had failed to pay for more than $6,000 of her care at Divine House in Detroit Lakes, and that about $5,409 of her money was missing.
    Wittnebel has denied any wrongdoing, and said in a previous interview he will continue his mayoral duties as the case progresses.  His next court appearance is set for Sept. 23.

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