Woman accused of pocketing pawn funds meant to raise money after hospital stay

(Mankato, MN) – Charges are pending in Blue Earth County against a woman who offered to pawn a video game system for someone who needed money after a hospital stay, but is accused of pocketing most of the funds for herself.

Thirty-three-year-old Danielle Flora Pankratz of St. Peter is charged with misdemeanor counts of theft by swindle and no consent theft.

According to the criminal complaint, the alleged victim had just been released from the hospital and needed money.  It was decided to pawn a Nintendo Switch, controllers and games, which Pawn America had apparently said would fetch $150 to $200.

When she was asked for a ride to the Pawn America in Mankato, Pankratz said she had a pizaa party to attend, but offered to pawn the system and provide a receipt and all proceeds

Police say that Pankratz later texted the alleged victim and a witness, saying that the pawn store is a rip off and only gave her $50.  A male who accompanied Pankratz, but says he didn’t go inside the store told police that Pankratz gave him $50 to give to the owners of the Nintendo, then dropped him off a block from his house and took off.

Pankratz told police she had received $200 for the system and gave all the money to the man who was with her.

Pankratz has two pending theft-related offenses: one for financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult and another for wrongfully obtaining public assistance.

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