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Ten year sentence given for theft of $600,000 from elderly woman

By Star Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 07:11 p.m. HST, Jul 19, 2013

<br /><br />DENNIS ODA / doda@staradvertiser.com<br />Katherine Ganeko testified March 20 against Susan Chin, above, who was found guilty and will be sentenced in July.<br />

A Hawaii Kai woman who took nearly $600,000 from an elderly woman whom she had persuaded to give her power of attorney and to sell her home was sentenced in state court this morning to 10 years in prison.

A  jury found Susan Chin, 44, guilty in April of theft and money laundering.

Circuit Judge Karen Ahn ordered Chin into custody this morning to immediately begin serving her prison sentence.

The jury found that despite having power of attorney over 86-year-old Katherine Ganeko’s affairs, Chin did not have the authority to take the bulk of the proceeds from the sale of Ganeko’s Halawa Heights home and put it into her own bank accounts. The jurors also found that Chin did not have the authority to use $8,000 from the sale for her own car payment.

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false wrote:
Stealing from the elderly was terrible, horrible, etc. but in the case on Kauai, 5 year probation?
on July 19,2013 | 01:09PM
copperwire9 wrote:
What cold, heartless, greedy actions Ms. Chin took.
on July 19,2013 | 01:09PM
1truehawaiian wrote:
Good! Taking advantage of our elderly is a horrible crime, although its kind of ironic how most of our judges give less time to murderers.
on July 19,2013 | 01:11PM
toledo wrote:
Now ain't that the truth ! Murder would have netted her max 5 years in this case given the judges of late.
on July 19,2013 | 01:45PM
RichardCory wrote:
Show me one news report of someone getting 5 years for murder in Hawaii in the last decade. Just one news report. I will give you both of my kidneys if you can.
on July 19,2013 | 10:04PM
baseball_nerd wrote:
time to wear hoodies and march on Saturday for reversal of all unfair sentences
on July 19,2013 | 01:54PM
Shh wrote:
Wow that's a scary point there too!
on July 19,2013 | 03:27PM
allie wrote:
sad but this is happening more than we know.
on July 19,2013 | 01:13PM
AlexandriaB wrote:
There's a reason why greed is considered one of the seven deadly sins; it takes a totally cold and evil person to do this to a helpless elderly person.
on July 19,2013 | 01:14PM
kuewa wrote:
And what about Ms. Chin repaying the money to her victim? Ms Chin will now live off taxpayer money while in prison after fleecing her former friend.
on July 19,2013 | 01:15PM
mitt_grund wrote:
She was required to pay $524,000 in restitution. But that will have to wait until she gets out of prison, unless of course, the court seizes her home, and throws her children out. Doesn't say anything about her having a husband. If not, care of the children would fall on relatives or foster parents.
on July 19,2013 | 07:46PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
She should be forced to work hard labor in prison and all proceeds should go to the victim. She could be part of a road crew cleaning up the roads and parks while wearing chains so that she'll remember what she did clearly every day.
on July 19,2013 | 08:14PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
She blew it, instead of ripping off and elderly woman she should have purchased herself a dam, fail to maintain the dam properly, then after the dam breaks and kills people hire a good attorney, stall the legal process, them plead out to reckless endangering. She would have faced only one year in jail had she done that.
on July 19,2013 | 01:32PM
toledo wrote:
OR become president and screw everybody
on July 19,2013 | 01:46PM
Hilofrank wrote:
Wait, wait, so Pflue­ger, through his actions and inaction causes the death of seven people and an unborn child and he gets probation and a fine. And this woman scams a person in her care and she gets 10 years? So the lesson from all of this is: 1. She should have drowned the old woman in a stream bed after turning on the water hose; 2. Hired Pflue­ger's lawyers; or 3. Make big campaign contributions; or 4. all of the above.
on July 19,2013 | 02:19PM
MrRealistic wrote:
The Pflueger trial was a joke, obviously the judge owns a Honda. This woman had William Harrison as her lawyer, he's no slouch- I'd use him if I was in trouble.
on July 19,2013 | 04:37PM
64hoo wrote:
the state cause that not Pflueger.
on July 19,2013 | 05:51PM
Forever_Grateful wrote:
Another woman, Jeremy Harris's wife, did this same thing to a Kahala man and nothing ever happened to her despite his family's protests.
on July 19,2013 | 02:35PM
glick wrote:
Wasn't that the late Duke Bainum's wife?
on July 19,2013 | 03:25PM
bumbye wrote:
That's right! I knew it was a politician's wife, but I forgot who it was.
on July 19,2013 | 07:02PM
awahana wrote:
Yes. You are correct.
on July 19,2013 | 08:33PM
IAmSane wrote:
Well, Forever_Grateful suсks then. He just threw an innocent woman under the bus for no reason. Good thing only about 20 people read the comment section. :D
on July 19,2013 | 11:27PM
Forever_Grateful wrote:
I apologize, you are correct - it was Duke Banimum's wife http://www.kycbs.net/CV05-00030-Witness-Bainum-Duke.htm
on July 19,2013 | 11:54PM
Shh wrote:
Wow I never knew that,
on July 19,2013 | 03:31PM
mitt_grund wrote:
Jeremy Harris's then-wife Ramona would never have done that. It was Duke Bainum's local-born wife. You probably heard the claim that was spread a week before the 2004 general election. This came up during Bainum's run for Mayor and cost him the election, and gave Mufi the win. There were two sides to that story, but only the nasty version was circulated. The Hannemann campaign stated it was not responsible for the rumor and did not use such tactics, and that Hannemann won on his good deeds and strong record. In hindsight, that is kind of interesting, given the loss of faith voters subsequently had in Hannemann.
on July 19,2013 | 08:02PM
Makapuu4 wrote:
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on July 19,2013 | 02:56PM
mitt_grund wrote:
Just goes to show that the rich can pay for "justice" on their terms, the ordinary blokes take what they get. Hopefully, he is forced to pay restitution for the loss of lives, i.e., if there are any family members left. Doesn't return the lives lost, but the rich only understand money and hate losing it.
on July 19,2013 | 08:14PM
aomohoa wrote:
What a horrible person. I hope she serves the entire 10 years.
on July 19,2013 | 03:26PM
Traderjoe wrote:
Someone please explain this sentence to me? "The jurors also found that Chin did not have the authority to use $8,000 from the sale for her own car payment." The poor old woman now gets a life sentence of poverty.
on July 19,2013 | 04:18PM
MrRealistic wrote:
The sentencing guidelines must change, this 10 year sentence is ludacrist compared to Zimmerman (who killed someone) , Plfueger (who indirectly killed 7) and almost every rapist who serves 5 years. I don't personally know Susan Chin, but I have heard she is a very caring person, having taken in several foster kids and always helping the elderly. I read that the woman she took the money from doesn't have any relatives except for 2 nieces who didn't have anything to do with their aunt until now, they didn't even go to their uncles funeral. I'm not defending Susan Chin, just wondering why?
on July 19,2013 | 04:35PM
64hoo wrote:
stop bringing pflueger into it. as i said it was the state that was responsible for those deaths,
on July 19,2013 | 05:54PM
tiki886 wrote:
Was that already determined in court? What was the amount of liability that the State owes to the surviving families?
on July 20,2013 | 01:41AM
Slow wrote:
Honest Jimmy Flooger pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment for the Kaloko deaths. He was responsible. He is a convicted felon (10 counts). He paid the largest EPA pollution fine ever levied on an individual. Flooger ( after changing the name of Pflueger Honda I understand, to avoid further shame, the family prefers Flooger. Rhymes with Booger), for all of his revolting criminal behavior is looking at probation. The inequity of the sentencing is why Flooger 's name keeps coming up.
on July 20,2013 | 08:49AM
Peacenik wrote:
Zim's head was pounded into the ground. Pflueger seem was more negligence. One cannot predict act of Gopd and it's consequences. Mrs. Chin deliberately rob this elderly woman of her hard earned saving, possibly driving her to her grave sooner rather than later. Judge needed to send a message LOUD and CLEAR to those who want to attempt the same scamming.
on July 19,2013 | 06:32PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
I agree on your statement but I do not agree that Susan Chin was given a harsh sentence given the gravity of her actions. She preyed on an elderly person. What is disturbing to me is that many of these type of criminals don't actually do the whole time. They often serve less than half of the sentence before they are released on parole or probation. As far as your statement that a rapist serves only five years, that is very unusual. Rapists can receive from ten to twenty years for each count. But thieves who have destroyed people's lives and caused them to lose a sense of security within their own home typically serve only a short time or no time behind bars and are given probation.
on July 19,2013 | 08:09PM
paradiddle wrote:
If life was fair, people treated others with respect, and everyone was true to himself, we wouldn't be spending time commenting on issues like this.
on July 19,2013 | 06:26PM
Hwa_Tam wrote:
Probably the best comment ever@ :-)
on July 19,2013 | 08:47PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
ouch ... ten years send a message.
on July 19,2013 | 06:50PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
The sad part is that these type of crooks often serve less than half of their sentence.
on July 19,2013 | 08:04PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
Stealing money for the vulnerable elderly is as low as it gets. She should be made to serve most of the time in jail. Unfortunately, many of these type of felons spend less than half of their sentence behind bars. They should change the laws to make it mandatory that they must serve a minimum of seven years of a ten year sentence if the victim is an elderly person. These crooks prey on the elderly because they know that they can easily steal from them. And these elderly are often left without their hard earned money and live on a fixed income. A loss of a few thousands can be devastating to them. These predators should be placed on a registry so that families know better than to allow them to have control of their loved one's finances.
on July 19,2013 | 08:02PM
awahana wrote:
Meanwhile, everyone has forgotten about the real hero in this case. The whistleblower. Mr. Corneil. A very nice man.
He was fired. Went thru anguish. And had to move away from Hawaii. All because he was righteous and brave enough to buck the system, and risk his job, and his career, to do what was right, even if the HEI management asked him to cover up the entire crime. There are serious banking violations that the FBI should be pursuing, but like anything else in corporate america, the executives (Constance Lau?) get away with murder.
HEI/ASB executives should be paying a price for all of this, as if the bank was run better, this could not have happened to one of their elderly customers, by a bank employee.
on July 19,2013 | 08:41PM
awahana wrote:
Anybody notice how nowhere in this report is the bank named? How come?
Is the Black Press Ltd. owned SA now so advertiser friendly that they will never 'bite the hand that feeds?'
What's wrong with saying American Savings Bank? Its all over the internet, and wikipedia anyway, and most residents of Hawaii already know what happened and where, if they were around 7 years ago.
What's wrong with a little free publicity?!
on July 19,2013 | 08:50PM
awahana wrote:
Anybody notice how nowhere in this report is the bank named? How come?
Is the Black Press Ltd. owned SA now so advertiser friendly that they will never 'bite the hand that feeds?'
What's wrong with saying American Savings Bank? Its all over the internet, and wikipedia anyway, and most residents of Hawaii already know what happened and where, if they were around 7 years ago.
What's wrong with a little free publicity?!
on July 19,2013 | 08:51PM
Peacenik wrote:
Of course money talks. newspapers are not in the charity business. they know who th eir masters are.
on July 19,2013 | 10:47PM
Dawg wrote:
RULE: Do not take what is not yours.
on July 20,2013 | 07:57AM
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