Former Eagan caregiver gets jail time for stealing from elderly patient

A former caregiver at an Eagan assisted-living facility received jail time for stealing thousands of dollars from an elderly patient.

Jenny Irene Hansen, 32, was sentenced in district court July 30 to 20 days in jail and 10 years probation after pleading guilty in May to felony check forgery. Hansen received credit for two days served and may be eligible for work release while serving her jail sentence. She is no longer employed at the assisted-living facility.

A second check forgery charge was dismissed.

According to court documents, Hansen, a White Bear Lake resident, forged 30 checks totaling $11,080 between September 2011 and March 2012 to support her drug habit.

The checks belonged to an elderly women for whom Hansen, a certified nursing assistant, provided personal care.

The woman’s son discovered the forged checks while preparing his mother’s taxes, and notified police.

An investigation revealed the checks were cashed at Hansen’s bank.

In an interview with police, Hansen admitted forging the checks to fund her prescription drug addiction.