MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A 43-year-old woman from Hawaii was sentenced to 27 months in prison in Minneapolis Federal Court on Friday for defrauding her husband’s Minnesota family out of more than $180,000.

Laumatafiafia T. Rosetter was indicted on one count of wire fraud on April 6, 2011, in connection with the crime and pleaded guilty on May 12, 2011.

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She admitted that from 2005 through June 22, 2007, she defrauded her in-laws, who live in Granite Falls, by sending them emails under fake names posing as Wal-Mart hit men, a Mexican criminal gang, angry contractors and a Samoan mafia who all threatened their safety. Out of fear for their safety, the couple wired her money.

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In one email, Rosetter posed as a member of the Somaon mafia and demanded $164,000 or be killed. The couple was defrauded out of more than $180,000, $15,000 of which went to Rosetter’s sister, who helped in the scam.

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Her sister, Vatauomalao Dorothea Tafaoa, 38 of Hawaii, was sentenced Friday to 18 months on a wire fraud charge.