Mason City man pleads guilty to dependent adult abuse

MASON CITY — A Mason City man has pleaded guilty to a charge of dependent adult abuse.

65-year-old Derek Phillips was charged back in June after an investigation by the Mason City Police Department. A criminal complaint states that Phillips became a payee for a dependent adult who was being cared for at a nursing home. Phillips was required to use the dependent adult’s SSI for those nursing home services, but the complaint says Phillips instead was using the SSI for his own needs.

Phillips as part of a plea agreement filed on Tuesday in Cerro Gordo County District Court pleaded guilty to one count of dependent adult abuse by exploitation exceeding $100, a Class D felony. Prosecutors will recommend a suspended five year prison sentence and three years probation when he’s sentenced on February 7th.