Convicted scam artist sentenced to 10 years in prison

Published On: Dec 24 2013 01:48:18 PM HST
Updated On: Dec 04 2013 05:17:25 PM HST

Leon Faamama

HONOLULU -

An Oahu 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 Wednesday to 10 years in prison.

Judge Glenn Kim also ordered Leon Faamama to pay $158,000 in restitution.

Prosecutors say Faamama was a participant in drug court when he convinced the victim that he was being forced to pay exorbitant fees for treatment and housing and needed help.

Faamama told the 64-year-old man he had filed a lawsuit against the court administrator and would repay all of the money when he prevailed, according to prosecutors.

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

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