Abenaki Chief Accused Of Exploiting Man

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Authorities say the chief of the Missisquoi Abenaki tribe in Swanton is accused of exploiting a vulnerable adult.

Franklin County Sheriff Robert Norris said Wednesday that 42-year-old April St. Francis Merrill is accused of manipulating the financial records of an elderly man during a 4½-year period while she took care of his finances.

Norris told the Burlington Free Press that several thousands of dollars were involved. Merrill, who didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the felony charge, will be arraigned March 14 in St. Albans.

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