HESPERIA A Hesperia woman is scheduled to be in court Tuesday to answer to charges alleging she tricked her elderly mother into signing over the deed to her home, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Hesperia station officials said Monday.


After nearly a year-long investigation, authorities arrested Leilani Luahiwa, 52, of Hesperia on Friday, said Sue Rose, spokeswoman for the Hesperia station.


"(The) victim contacted Hesperia deputies in January 2011 stating her daughter had tricked her into signing a quit claim deed to her home," Rose said.


Luahiwa allegedly gave her mother some "innocent" paperwork to sign regarding in-home care services, the victim told Deputy Gary McWilliams last year. The mother later learned the paperwork was to transfer ownership of her home the only stable financial thing she owned, Rose said.


Detective Christine Kirby investigated and was able to secure a warrant for Luahiwa's arrest Friday morning.


It wasn't clear Monday if the victim was able to regain ownership of her home or if that was still being worked out, Rose said.


A search of San Bernardino County court records show that Luahiwa has only been arrested for vehicle code violations, including speeding and failure to provide evidence of insurance.


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