A Decorah woman has admitted to stealing from Aase Haugen nursing home in Decorah.

On Friday, the Decorah Police Department charged Nancy Elsbernd, 64, with first-degree theft and ongoing criminal conduct for unlawfully taking money from the nursing home.

According to a Decorah Police affidavit, Elsbernd took money from Aase Haugen for her own financial gain on a continuing basis, issuing checks to herself over at least the last few years.

"The auditors are still in the process of checking the books and at this time are well over $55,000. Elsbernd was employed by Aase Haugen Homes for the past 36 years and had access to all of Aase Haugen Homes accounts," the Police affidavit stated.

"After interviewing Elsbernd, she did confess to taking the money and was aware that it was a large amount and stated she believes she has done this for the past five to six years."

Aase Haugen contacted the Decorah Police Department about the theft Nov. 14.

Elsbernd was arrested Friday and taken to the Winneshiek County Jail. She was released Tuesday after posting bail.

Ongoing criminal conduct is a Class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in jail. First-degree theft is a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in jail and a $10,000 fine.