Woman admits, apologizes for stealing from Pauoa man

Victim's family says their uncle is closed off after scam

Published  1:20 PM HST Jun 06, 2013
Katy Sterio
HONOLULU -

"I take full responsibility and I apologize to Mr. Ho," said Katy Sterio, as her lawyer handed the court a check for $22,000 in restitution.

Prosecutors say Sterio and another woman approached 73-year-old Stanley Ho in Chinatown last year asking for money to pay for medical expenses.

Ho went to several different banks pulling out more than $20,000 in cash.

According to family members, Sterio asked for more money, $120,000, which she never got.

"Police were finally alerted when the banks alerted them because the victim tried to withdraw $120,000 to give to these women," said Deputy Prosecutor Scott Spallina.

In a plea deal, Sterio pleaded guilty to theft and attempted theft and was asked to pay restitution to avoid 10 years in jail.

Ho's family, who didn't want to talk on camera, says it took too long for Sterio to pay back their uncle.

Since the scam last year, the family says Ho hasn't been the same saying he's closed off and has a hard time trusting people.  They say they believe Sterio took more than $22,000.

"There is a disputed $12,000 because after police did their investigation, the victims in this case felt that there might have been additional money which is what they are researching right now," said Spallina.

Sterio's lawyer says if it is true, they will make sure Ho get the money owed.

"Any additional restitution, I'm not sure it's owed.  But, if it is, we're gonna pay it.  It's the right thing to do," said attorney Michael Green.

A judge sentenced Sterio to one year in jail and five years probation.  Sterio will get credit for the year in jail she has served.

A hearing will be held in August to see if Sterio needs to pay back an additional $12,000.

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