Woman Gets Three Years for Preying on Elderly Couple


     LOS ANGELES (CN) – A woman was sentenced Wednesday to three years in state prison after entering a plea of no contest to stealing tens of thousands of dollars from an elderly couple and a 97-year-old woman.
     Vacie Thomas, 62, gained Ola and Clyde Griffith’s trust while she worked as an executive assistant at the NAACP in Los Angeles, prosecutors said. After adding her name as joint tenant to the Griffiths’ home, Thomas forged checks to pay personal loans and credit card debts. The losses added up to more than $180,000.
     Superior Court Judge James Dabney also ordered Thomas to pay more than $100,000 in restitution.
     Prosecutors had charged Thomas with two counts of theft from an elder and committing two felonies through fraud or embezzlement for more than $100,000.
     Between 2008 and 2011, Thomas also stole $13,000 from Trandailer Brewer, 97, prosecutors said.
     

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