Hawaii Kai caretaker convicted of theft, money laundering

Prosecutors: Chin befriended elderly woman and convinced her to give her power of attorney

Published  5:28 PM HST Apr 08, 2013
Susan A. Chin
HONOLULU -

A Hawaii Kai woman was convicted Monday of first-degree theft and two counts of money laundering after she was accused of stealing more than $600,000 from an 85-year-old woman, according to prosecutors.

Susan A. Chin faced two counts of theft in the first degree, one count of attempted theft in the first degree and three counts of money laundering.

The jury found her not guilty of attempted theft and was hung on one theft count and one money laundering count.

Court documents say Chin befriended the victim, became her caretaker and convinced her to revoke a power of attorney held by a family member and to designate power of attorney to Chin.

Chin then allegedly sold the victim's home for $639,000 and, without the victim's consent or knowledge, deposited $200,000 into a joint account Chin held with her then-9-year-old son, $200,000 into a joint account she held with her then-6-year-old son, and $100,000 into a joint account with her mother.

Only $100,000 from the sale of the home was deposited into a joint account shared by China and the victim, according to court documents.

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

Theft in the first degree is a Class B felony that carries a 10-year sentence.

Chin is scheduled to be sentenced on July 10.

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