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Bond lowered, case waived to grand jury on exploitation

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 TAYLORSVILLE - A Mount Washington business woman has been granted a lower bond after being charged with taking money out of her mother’s account.

Dr. Pamela Anne Johnsen’s case will be waived directly to the Bullitt County Grand Jury after a hearing Monday in district court.

Attorney Lori Rakes, representing the owner of a local veterinary clinic, agreed to waive the case without any testimony Monday afternoon.

According to Lt. Mike Murdoch of the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office, an in-depth investigation by the department resulted in charges of knowingly exploiting an adult person and with theft of over $10,000.

Between Aug. 3, 2012, and Aug. 12, 2012, Johnsen, 45, allegedly took approximately $170,000 from her mother’s account.

The money was then wired to a man with whom Johnsen allegedly had an on-line relationship with. The money was wired to various countries.

Due to her mother’s health issues, Johnsen had power of attorney, according to Murdoch.

That allowed her to have access to the bank account.

During the discussions with District Judge Rebecca Ward, assistant county attorney Shelly Alvey felt the original $100,000 cash bond was appropriate. She was concerned that if Johnsen was released and still had access to her mother’s account, more problems could arise.

As part of the bond conditions, Ward said Johnsen must surrender her passport, have no unsupervised contact with her mother, have no access to her mother’s accounts, have no access to the internet unless it is business related and must relinquish the power of attorney.

If those conditions are met, bond would be reduced to $50,000 cash or $100,000 equity in real estate.

Rakes said her client needed to get back to her customers in the veterinary business and she would abide by the terms of the bond.