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A Rhode Island attorney has pleaded no contest to charges she stole more than $25,000 from a 91-year-old man for whom she had durable power of attorney.

Humberta Goncalves-Babbitt entered the plea Monday in Providence to one count of misappropriation of over $1,000.

The Bristol attorney was sentenced to eight years suspended with probation. She was also ordered to pay more than $26,000 in restitution.

Prosecutors say that between June 19, 2012 and Jan. 11, 2014, Goncalves-Babbitt failed to pay certain living expenses for the victim, who lived at a Warren convalescent facility.

The Alliance for Better Long Term Care had filed a complaint with the Rhode Island Judiciary Disciplinary Committee. Authorities suspended her license to practice law in Rhode Island after an investigation.

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