Tongan woman sentenced in US after stealing $35,000

A Tongan female caretaker was sentenced to two years in prison in the United States this week after stealing from a 95-year-old woman she was taking care of more than US$35,000 last year.

Ofa Atau Fifita, 33, has been given the maximum sentence of felony elder fiscal abuse for stealing cheques from the woman in her care between Feb. 6, 2015, and July 14 while she was an employee of a home care assistance company, prosecutors said. She has only eight days credit for time served.

According to Kron4 news the elderly woman’s husband contacted the sheriff’s office after they found out cheques were missing from her cheque book.

The court was told “Fifita had forged and cashed more than 30 of her checks”. .

“Fifita admitted the thefts and said she took the money because she had financial problems. Prosecutors said she stole a total of $35,300, the amount she still owes to the victim in restitution”.

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  1. Kuo tautea ke ngāue pōpula taʻu ʻe ua ha fefine Tonga ki heʻene kaihaʻasi ha paʻanga ʻAmelika ʻe $35,000 mei he fineʻeiki taʻu 95 ne ne tokangaʻi.

    Ne hilifaki ʻe ha fakamauʻanga San Carlos kia ʻOfa Atau Fifita taʻu 33 ʻa e tautea taupotu taha ki he hia mamafa ko hono ngaohi koviʻi ha taha toulekeleka hili ia ʻene kaihaʻasi ha ngaahi sieke ʻi Fepueli ʻaho 6 o e 2015 mo Siulai ʻaho 14 lolotonga ʻene ngāue ʻi ha kautaha ki hono tokangaʻi ʻo e kau vaivaí.

    Ne fakahā ki he fakamaauʻangá ne fakamoʻoni loiʻi ʻe Fifita ha ngaahi lauʻi sieke pea ne toho ai ha paʻanga mei he ngaahi lauʻi sieke laka hake ʻi he 30.

    Ne vetehia pe ʻa Fifita ʻo ne fakahā ne ne fai ʻa e ngāue kākai ni koʻeuhī pe he naʻe ʻi ai hono palopalema fakapaʻanga.

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