40 year-old Laurie Fernandez was convicted by a Sedgwick County jury on June first of 2016 of taking approximately eighteen-thousand dollars in gifts, loans, and payments over a three month period in 2015.
She had befriended a 90-year-old man while going door-to-door offering landscaping services and received the money and goods from him.
District Court Judge Bruce Brown granted Fernandez probation in 2016 and ordered her to repay the victim.
Judge Brown revoked her probation at a hearing on February 2nd of this year because she tested positive for drugs, failed to pay restitution, and absconded from supervision. She was ordered to serve the balance of her 13 month sentence.
A co- defendant has pleaded guilty and is scheduled in March. Justin Valesquez pleaded guilty in January to felony theft.