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SIOUX CITY -- A former caretaker for people with intellectual disabilities has pleaded not guilty to stealing from clients. 

Jessica Rivera, 29, of Sergeant Bluff, entered her written plea Tuesday in Woodbury County District Court to two counts of dependent adult abuse.

According to court documents, Rivera was a direct support manager responsible for client finance packets and the review and reconciliation of them for Mosaic, a faith-based organization that serves people with intellectual disabilities.

An investigation found that from January 2017 and July, Rivera made $933 in unauthorized transactions on one client's gift card, $283 in questionable purchases on a second client's account and $96 in purchases on a third client's account, court documents said.

Rivera was terminated from her position in July.

In an interview with Sioux City and Sergeant Bluff police, Rivera admitted using the funds on the first client's gift card but denied using the funds from the other clients, court documents said.

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