Woman convicted of stealing from elderly receives 10-year sentence

A woman convicted of stealing from the elderly was sentenced Wednesday.

A judge sentenced Katy Sterio to 10 years behind bars for 14 counts in four separate cases as a repeat offender.

She pleaded no contest to several charges, including credit card theft, identity theft, and fraudulent use of a credit card.

In one of those cases, police say she was caught on camera taking the cards from an elderly couple’s home in Mililani earlier this year. Prosecutors say she later used those stolen cards at a mom-and-pop store.

Wednesday’s sentencing also included re-sentencing for a previous case.

In 2013, Sterio was convicted of felony theft and forced to pay $20,000 in restitution to an elderly Pauoa man she convinced to help her pay nonexistent medical bills. The judge revoked her probation in that case.

“I’m very happy that we finally ended her crime spree and she’s going to be in jail for a long time,” said Scott Spallina, Department of the Prosecuting Attorney’s Elder Abuse Justice Unit.

“This just another example of how somebody like Ms. Sterio, she did not use violence to rip off seniors. What she did was she used a smile. She used aloha to get inside the home, to get inside the lives of the seniors, and basically convince them… trick them into giving her money, and that’s why we always ask our seniors to please be careful,” he added.

The Hawaii Paroling Authority will decide how much of the 10 years Sterio must serve before she is considered for release.

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