A New Rochelle woman was sentenced today to serve five years’ probation, with 13 straight weekends in jail, after pleading guilty to fraudulently taking over her late mother’s home, which she used to get a $400,000 loan to pay bills.
Tonyalisa Thomas (left) also was ordered to repay the $400,000 — in $1,500 monthly increments — while she is on probation. If she fails to do so, she will be sent to state prison for an indeteminite amount of time.
She’ll start serving her sentence at the end of this week.
Thomas, 35, pleaded guilty in June to second-degree grand larceny and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing. Both are felonies.
According to the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, she filed a phony affidavit in August 2005 so she could be named administrator of her mother’s estate. Her mother, Iris Thomas, died in 1999.
Thomas forged the signature of Doretha Thomas, her mother’s sister-in-law, and provided false information about surviving relatives so she could take title of her mother’s home at 178 Lincoln Ave.
Thomas and her husband then got a $215,000 mortgage on the property by falsely representing that Thomas was the lawful owner. A year later, the couple got a $400,000 mortgage, paid off the first mortgage and used the rest for personal expenses.