A 54-year-old person recently employed as a hairdresser was sentenced to ten years in prison after being accused of scamming an elderly priest.
District attorneys said Tonie P., 54, was sentenced Wednesday in the 226th District Court for the offense of securing execution of a document by deception $100K to $200K against an elderly person.
Beginning in Dec. 2003 through Dec. 2009, officials said Tonie P. asked the retired Army chaplain (Colonel) and priest to loan them money to expedite the legal process of a multi-million dollar inheritance going Tonie P. her as a beneficiary.
At the time of the initial request, the victim was in his late-80s, authorities said.
The victim agreed and provided monies to Tonie P. and in turn Tonie P. would sign agreements, similar to an IOU, to pay back him.
The supposed inheritance funds were to be used to repay the victim his principal plus interest. However, district attorneys said there was no inheritance.
Because of inaccuracies in record keeping and the lack of a paper trail in some instances, officials said it is impossible to prove the full extent of the loss.
The State alleged that the loss to the victim was at least $100,000 but it was believed the actual loss was far greater.
Officials said securing execution of a document by deception $100K to $200K against an elderly person is a first-degree felony with a range of punishment between 5 years and 99 years, or life, and up to a $10,000 fine.