A St. James woman who had previously been accused of stealing money from an elderly woman now also is charged with welfare fraud because investigators say she didn’t report the stolen funds as income.

Last month, 62-year-old Linda Ottum was charged with theft and financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult, after prosecutors say she spent more than $81,000 from the account of an 82-year-old woman for which she was given power of attorney.

The week Ottum was charged with felony wrongfully obtaining public assistance because officials say she failed to report the stolen money as income on public assistance forms, and received over $8,000 in benefits for which she wasn’t eligible.