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LAUREL, MS (WDAM) -

A former local hospice worker has been sentenced for felony exploitation of a vulnerable person.

The Attorney General's office says Lena Hinson, 50, of Laurel pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement and another count of exploitation of a vulnerable person. 

An investigation by the Attorney General's office showed Hinson added herself as a co-signor of the savings account -- for one of the patients served by Laurel-based Seyah Hospice.  A judge sentenced Hinson to five years in prison with four suspended.  She's also been ordered to pay nearly $6000 in restitution and court costs.

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