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Forum staff reports, Published November 19 2013

Gardner woman gets jail time for stealing from son's girlfriend

FARGO – A Gardner woman was sentenced to 28 days in jail Monday after pleading guilty to accusations she stole money from her son’s developmentally disabled girlfriend.

Tamera Annette Porter, 42, was sentenced to 28 days in jail and four years supervised probation after pleading guilty to two counts of exploitation of a vulnerable adult, a Class C felony.

Court documents say family of the 18-year-old girlfriend – who has the intellectual capacity of a third-grader, according to court records – called police to report suspicious activity in her bank account in March.

Investigators say Porter made ATM withdrawals of $500 or more over the course of a few days from the victim’s account and cashed out repeated Target gift card purchases in amounts from $180 to $295.

Porter told police her son’s girlfriend “just volunteers” to give her money.

Upon release, Porter is ordered to have no contact with the victim as part of the terms of her probation.