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Indictment alleges woman stole $600,000 from elderly victim

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:33 p.m. HST, Feb 28, 2012

A 43-year-old woman is being accused of swindling an 85-year-old Hawaii Kai woman of more than $600,000.

Susan A. Chin was charged with two counts of first-degree theft, one count of first-degree attempted theft and three counts of money laundering. The victim lives alone.

Chin befriended the victim, and allegedly convinced her to revoke a power of attorney held by a family member and to designate it to Chin.

Chin then allegedly sold the victim's home for $639,000. She allegedly deposited $200,000 into a joint account she held with her 9-year-old son, $200,000 in another joint account with her 6-year-old son, and $100,000 in a joint account with her mother.

Only $100,000 from the home sale was deposited into the victim's account, which she shared with Chin, according to the city Prosecutor's Office.

The indictment also alleges that Chin surrendered an annuity belonging to the victim, and kept $33,000 in proceeds, then later tried to obtain two additional annuities worth about $130,000.

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Living_Large wrote:
WTF is wrong with people these days???
on February 28,2012 | 12:40PM
mz_irie wrote:
on February 28,2012 | 12:58PM
Manapua_Man wrote:
With friends like this.... who needs enemies? That poor victim will spend the rest of her life not trusting anyone.
on February 28,2012 | 04:29PM
soundofreason wrote:
I don't understand how one does this and manages to sleep at night.
on February 28,2012 | 06:37PM
kuewa wrote:
Unfortunately, this happens far more than is reported in the news, although not always as blatantly as this case. In addition to the other charges, Susan Chin needs to be charged with domestic elder abuse.
on February 28,2012 | 12:51PM
cojef wrote:
She couldn't stop after $600,000 and wanted it all. Greed breeds contempt for the law or compassion for the aged. What a waste, who poses as human being. Like to from what rock she crawled out from. A slime from the sewers.
on February 28,2012 | 12:55PM
dalawyer wrote:
Susan Chin needs to punished by 100 strokes of the cane! This is incredible swindling an 85 year old! Public flocking will help deter crimes against humanity.
on February 28,2012 | 12:55PM
soundofreason wrote:
aka......taking one on the Chin
on February 28,2012 | 06:38PM
thatsashame_0723 wrote:
Terrible....just terrible....
on February 28,2012 | 01:12PM
Beautiful_Day wrote:
She has the nerve to put it in an account with her kids--why do their names need to be linked with a greedy & heartless thief!
on February 28,2012 | 01:25PM
Vivgie wrote:
Who and how was this discovered? A suggestion. Kill her.
on February 28,2012 | 03:18PM
omd111 wrote:
Exactly! Low lives like this don't deserve to live, much less be a parent. Despicable.
on February 28,2012 | 03:44PM
soundofreason wrote:
It has happened for much less. I'd be afraid that someone would know somebody who knows somebody who would do it.
on February 28,2012 | 06:40PM
ejkorvette wrote:
The belo comments are "spot-on" regarding the shameless person "Shameful Susan"! Equally appalling is the frequency crimes like this happen on a smaller more calculated scale, over a longer period of time. The BIG QUESTION is: (drum roll)... Will Susan be punished and made to serve time!!! She is a Mother of a 6yr old, granted her ability to procreate does not make her less accountable for her crimes, but that will be a "Pity Point" her lawyer will use to lessen her Sentence. So, Stay Tuned. As advertised on the Hawaii Justice System, the criminals of Heartless Crimes like this one, will walk away with a Shameful Sentence. Repay/Return the stolen money, perform community service, and 1000hrs of probation. I sure hope I am wrong, but the Justice system in Hawaii has proven me Right, too many times. The victim in this sordid state of affairs, Grandma I pray for you, and Apoligize for the actions of our Generation.
on February 28,2012 | 04:07PM
soundofreason wrote:
on February 28,2012 | 06:39PM
Peacenik wrote:
I'd charge this swine with attempted murder, that what her act was deigned to do, expedite an early death for the old woman. Lock her up for a looong time, children or no children.
on February 28,2012 | 04:25PM
soundofreason wrote:
I agree. If you followed the natural course of events...homeless...unable to seek medical care...death would BE the conclusion
on February 28,2012 | 06:47PM
akamaiperson wrote:
Her lawyer for this one is Michael Green. She's also up for an earlier felony charge on a vacation rental scam which her lawyer (Harrison) is trying to get dismissed. Hope she's convicted & does hard time because it sure looks like this is a career for her.
on February 28,2012 | 05:28PM
soundofreason wrote:
Linda Agonoy next?
on February 28,2012 | 06:42PM
soundofreason wrote:
aka Linda Lochman (warrant still not satisfied since 2010)
on February 28,2012 | 06:46PM
niimi wrote:
no different than those school employees like that, what's their names? Echiberi and Harada people stealing thousands from the public schools. These thieves should be doing 20 years in jail. Need to set an example to others to never even think of stealing, especially from old people.
on February 28,2012 | 07:40PM
sak wrote:
Hawaii's justice system, 2 years probation, and if she keeps here record clean for a year after her records will be cleared.
on February 28,2012 | 09:58PM
kennie1933 wrote:
Her defense lawyer Green might even do better than that! And maybe the judge will be Karen Ahn who gave that child molester probation. Wow, then Ms. Chin might even get off with picking up litter for one day at Ala Moana Beach Park (shaded areas only). Hawaii legal system always serves justice!
on February 28,2012 | 11:25PM
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