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Scam artist arrested for allegedly defrauding Mililani woman

A woman with a criminal history of scamming the elderly was arrested Friday after police said she stole credit cards from a woman in Mililani.

The woman, 38, working with a 38-year-old male accomplice, entered a 68-year-old woman’s home about 5 p.m. April 4, and took two credit cards while the man distracted the victim, police said. The female suspect then allegedly used the cards at various stores.

Police arrested the pair about 10 a.m. Friday at a Waikiki hotel where they were living. The man was arrested for investigation of burglary and the woman was arrested on suspicion of multiple offenses, including burglary, theft, identity theft, fraudulent use of a credit card, and unauthorized possession of confidential personal information.

In 2012, the female suspect scammed a 73-year-old Pauoa man out of $22,000; she later served a year in jail for theft. A Honolulu prosecutor said in 2013 that the woman and a female accomplice convinced the victim that the accomplice needed money for surgery for stomach cancer.

In California, the woman and an accomplice persuaded a 77-year-old man to give them a car and credit in his name, which they used to buy $28,000 in jewelry. The two women in that case were each sentenced to six months in jail and ordered to repay their victim.

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  • Never let strangers into your home. The courts also need to give bigger sentences than 6 months. If they have multiple offences, the sentence should be at least 5 years.

    • Totally agree with not letting strangers into your home. This woman and her male accomplice entered the couple’s home pretending to offer them a roof inspection. Roof inspection in the house? The woman and male walked around IN the house, distracting the elderly homeowners. KHON2 has video of what happened. Luckily, the elderly couple has surveillance cameras in and out of the house, capturing what happened. Woman goes into dining room area and searches through the homeowners purse on the table and takes items. They leave, the homeowner checks her purse and sees that credit cards are missing, then, she calls police. ALL strangers are stopped at the gate to our home. They can’t make it to our front door. These perps need to be locked up a long time. Isn’t there harsher penalties for crimes targeting the elderly? If not, there should be.

  • Prison doesn’t seem to have changed this predator’s behavior. Since she targets the elderly, an appropriate sentence would be 5 years in an old folks’ home as an orderly (under extremely close supervision, of course).

    Maybe five years of menial service to our kupuna would teach her some respect for them. If not, at least it would be appropriate recompense for her sins against those in our society who most deserve our love and gratitude.

    • These are the kinds of ctiminals the Department of Public Safety want to release back into the community because of overcrowding in the prison. They will be released and prey on senior citizens. Behavior and belief by our leaders run parallel, President release terrorist, we release non-violent offenders and we lose.

  • Easier than going to work, regimented like robots and regulated hours. Like panhandling it’s impossible to get a regular job.. My mother Arnold me while I was growing up if you tried begging and doctoring it is the best jobs. One is prestiges the other dishonorable if you are healthy.

    • cojef, I’m trying hard to grasp what you offered. When has everyone’s work been regimented like robots? Mine isn’t. There’s nothing wrong with regulated hours/time management. Take your meds and read what you wrote. I’ll take mine now.:)

      • Oops! cojef and Retiredworking, together you two are better than reading the Sunday comics! Thanks for the laughter. It wasn’t meant to be but without knowing it you two just made my day! Have a great day kids!

        • Wizard,I’m glad you found it funny. I truly wasn’t trying to belittle cojef. I hope he finds it amusing too.:)

  • it’s the stores fault by NOT checking for proper identification. The stores just swipe the card and performs the sale.

    Beware of Elder Abuse in Hawaii.

  • There is a problem when the elderly become accustomed to relinquishing more and more of their independence as the years pass. When that reaches a certain point, the facilty to critically assess a stranger’s offer of assistance is lost, making the elderly especially vulnerable to scams of all sorts. It would be nice if everyone could rely on loving and trusted family members as they transition into their 70s, 80s and beyond, but with smaller and smaller families being the norm in developed countries, it’s a trend that will worsen for us I fear.

  • If she was working for Goldman Sachs, a $500 fine would take care of it, and she wouldn’t have to admit any wrong doing. But she would have to steal enough to cover a few $225,000 speeches to qualify.

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