Exploitation Charges Dropped Against Abenaki Chief

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Charges of exploiting an elderly man have been dropped against the chief of Vermont’s Missisquoi Abenaki tribe.

Forty-two-year-old April St. Francis Merrill pleaded not guilty in March to charges accusing her of exploiting an elderly adult whose financial records she was managing.

Prosecutors had accused Merrill of using $30,000 to pay bank and credit card charges with money that belonged to Louis Lafrance.

Police say Lafrance became suspicious about some credit card charges and mentioned it to his family. The family obtained a full printout and marked those charges that did not benefit Lafrance.

But prosecutors have dropped their case against Merrill.

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