POSTED: 6:35 p.m. HST, Mar 7, 2012
A Maui woman who faked her mother's death must serve seven days in jail for defrauding her former fiance out of money.
Maui Circuit Judge Rhonda Loo also sentenced Beverly Lupton of Kihei on Friday to five years' probation and called her a cruel con artist.
The Maui News reported Wednesday that court records show Lupton had reunited with her former fiance, Donald Reyes, and that he paid for her and her 4-year-old son to fly to California to live with him in 2010. She later told him her mother had died and that she needed to return to Maui. He paid for airline tickets and gave her money for funeral expenses.
But court records say he later discovered Lupton's mother was alive and well.
Loo says Lupton's brother and co-defendant backed up the fake death story. They must pay nearly $2,000 in restitution.