A Petaluma woman who pleaded no contest to felony elder abuse in March for taking an estimated $347,000 from her 84-year-old grandmother over the course of almost three years received a three-year prison sentence Thursday, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.
Kristen Capella, 38, will serve one year in San Mateo County Jail and two years of mandatory supervision with no credit for time served due to the state’s recent realignment of prisoners. In addition to her jail time, Capella will not be allowed to be in a position of trust or take care of adults, according to prosecutors.
Capella lived with her grandmother in San Bruno when she started electronically transferring thousands of dollars each month from her grandmother’s bank account to her own in April of 2014, according to prosecutors.
Capella’s grandmother had allegedly never given her permission to transfer the funds, never set up online banking and did not have a computer. A banking institution reported the suspicious transfers, which were determined to have continued until January of 2017, according to prosecutors.
Capella was remanded into custody Thursday to begin her jail sentence and will next appear in court May 30 for receipt of restitution reports, according to prosecutors.
Her defense attorney Mike Armstrong could not immediately be reached for comment.