Man guilty of scamming pastor sentenced

Leon Faamama
Leon Faamama

An Aiea man who was found guilty of first-degree theft for a scam in which he stole more than $100,000 from a retired pastor was sentenced today.

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Judge Glenn Kim sentenced Leon Faamama to 10 years in prison he also ordered Faamama to pay $158,000 in restitution.

According to prosecutors, Faamama was enrolled in drug court. He allegedly claimed that the court was charging exorbitant fees, and that he would go to jail if he wasn't able to pay.

Faamama allegedly used the claim to make the pastor give him money over a period of ten months, prosecutors said. Over that time, the suspect's demands drained the victim's bank accounts, used up all of his home equity, and even had him borrowing money from church members, while the suspect used the money for his own purposes.

Bank officials notified police because of what they considered suspicious activity in the retired minister's account.

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