Woman repays elderly victim in medical scam

HONOLULU (AP) - A 34-year-old woman convicted of theft has repaid $22,000 as part of a plea deal to limit her prison time.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser (http://bit.ly/186NnJT) reports Katy Sterio pleaded guilty in July to theft and attempted theft and on Wednesday repaid a 73-year-old Pauoa man whom she persuaded to pay bogus medical bills.

Sterio has been in jail since her arrest in June 2012. She agreed to a 1-year sentence on the condition that she repay her victim. She faced a sentence of up to 10 years if she had not repaid the money.

Prosecutor Scott Spallina says Sterio and an accomplice persuaded Stanley Ho that the second woman needed stomach cancer surgery.

Sterio in 2007 pleaded guilty to four counts of financial elder abuse in California.

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