CLEVELAND — A 38-year-old Cuyahoga County woman, who was found guilty in September of fleecing the life savings of an elderly man she had befriended, was sentenced on Thursday in Judge Shannon Gallagher's courtroom.
Latasha Wisniewski was found guilty of theft and money laundering charges after she systematically siphoned off as much as $150,000 from a 89-year-old man Parma Heights man she had moved in with and for whom she promised to care.
Judge Gallagher sentenced Wisniewski to three years in prison for each charge, to run concurrently, with three years of post-release control given after she serves her sentence. She received a 23-day credit for time served throughout the case.
Wisniewski was initially indicted last year following an investigation by Parma Heights Police after the victim's family filed a police report. She initially pleaded not guilty to the charges and insisted she had a romantic relationship with the man, which included her moving in with the victim and taking care of him in the months before he died of cancer.
She allegedly used some of the money for cosmetic surgery, including botox injections and butt implants.
During the sentencing, the victim's daughters spoke on behalf of the family.
"[Wisniewski] moved into my dad’s life like a whirlwind and began deceiving and manipulating him from the very first day. The defendant took advantage of my dad’s ailing health and his kindness," said Deborah Sheridan, daughter of the victim. "We watched you work hard to put a wedge between us. You made him believe his family who loved him very much was out for his money."
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