Caregiver Admits to Stealing $220,000

HONOLULU (KHNL) -  An Oahu caregiver has pleaded guilty to first-degree theft for stealing $220,000 from an elderly woman.

Cora Dela Rosa initially claimed the money was a gift from Marjorie Carr.  But she's now admitted she took it without permission.

She was tried in February. But a mistrial was declared because the jury was deadlocked.

Prosecutors say between April 2004 and March 2005, Dela Rosa cashed a $220,264 cashier's check that was made to Carr.

Dela Rosa had cared for Carr at the Hawaii Kai Retirement Home for seven months before the elderly woman moved to Mexico.

Deputy City Prosecutor Maul Mow says Dela Rosa used the money to buy a new car,  go on trips, buy investments and pay off credit cards and loans.