A mechanic labeled as a scammer by the High Court over allegations that he sold two vehicles that did not belong to him was released on Friday.
On the condition that he be gainfully employed to pay restitution in the amount of $20,000. Keiti Lisala was represented by the Acting Public Defender, Asaua Fuimaono when he appeared before Associate Justice Elvis Pila Patea for sentencing on charges of embezzlement and stealing.
Lisala apologized to the court for his actions and asked for a second chance to return home to be with his family and allow him to work and repay the victims in this case.
Justice Patea noted that despite the defendant’s record, which started in 2019 for domestic abuse and has elevated to felony charges amounting to 21 years in jail, the prosecution recommended probation.
According to court filings, the two vehicles involved in this matter belong to Asian men, who took their vehicles to the defendant for repairs, and Lisala sold them. His honors sentenced Lisala to seven years for the three felony charges.
Patea said the two charges of stealing will run concurrent while the embezzlement count will run consecutively, which means he will serve 14 years in jail.
However, the court will stay the execution of the sentencing and place the defendant on probation.
He was ordered to remain a law-abiding citizen, visit the probation once a month or when required, and make restitution in the amount of $20,000. He is also to be employed within 45 days of his release and maintain employment throughout his probation term.