A Brooten women pleaded guilty this week in Pope County District Court to a felony charge of theft by swindle for taking close to $50,000 from an elderly man. The 38 year old Jana Mae Zenner will be sentenced March 31. With the plea agreement, Zenner would serve five years of probation, have home monitoring for 40 days, 40 hours of community service and no fine. If she successfully completes probation, the conviction may be reduced to a misdemeanor with the stay of imposition of sentence she received.
She was charged with swindling a man now 90 in a scheme where she was to help him pay his bills. But court records stated that the man’s bank noted a number of additional larger checks written from his account from January through March 2019 to Zenner, her Brooten business and to family members, totaling nearly $49,000. Zenner told a Pope County deputy that she forged the man’s name on some checks.
Zenner is the former CEO of the Brooten Commercial Club and owned a liquor store in Brooten. She is also is charged with swindling in Stearns County, which involves a charge of cheating the Commercial Club out of more than $135,000 in pull tab revenues. Zenner was in charge of pulltab games for the Commercial Club. Zenner has a settlement conference on the Stearns County charges scheduled for February 13th.