Rosemarie Delatorre faces 5 years in prison for stealing from elderly client

WAILUKU — A woman who fled the state while awaiting trial on charges alleging she stole thousands of dollars from an elderly Kihei woman is facing a five-year prison term after reaching a plea deal in her case.

Rosemarie Delatorre, 60, pleaded no contest Wednesday to a reduced charge of third-degree identity theft.

Other charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement recommending the five-year prison term for Delatorre. She is set to be sentenced Aug. 30.

Delatorre had fought extradition for years before she was brought back to Maui last year from the Cayman Islands.

She was arrested on a $50,000 warrant that was issued in September 2011 when she didn’t show up for her 2nd Circuit Court trial. At the time, Delatorre had been free on a $20,000 bail bond.

Delatorre was indicted on 22 charges, including first-degree identity theft, two counts of first-degree theft, 16 counts of second-degree forgery, two counts of fraudulent use of a credit card and second-degree theft.

The crimes occurred from February 2006 to October 2008 while Delatorre was hired to work as a certified nursing assistant for an 86-year-old woman who was living at Kalama Heights Retirement Residence. The woman later died.

Delatorre was charged with stealing $73,000 from the woman by forging checks from the victim’s account and using her credit cards without authorization.

Delatorre is being held at the Maui Community Correctional Center.