Judge Kathleen N.A. Watanabe sentenced 31-year-old Shawn Fajardo, of Kapa’a, to five years in jail after he stole and forged a check from an elderly woman in July 2012.
According to court documents, the victim hired Fajardo last year to help her move, at a time when she was caring for her ailing husband.
The woman spoke at the sentencing of how she carried the burden of the theft alone, as she feared that relaying the news to her husband would further deteriorate his health.
She stated that she became less trusting and more fearful since the incident, adding that Fajardo acted as though he was helping her out of “Love and Aloha,” while at the same time stealing from her.
The victim also spoke of how the crime not only affected her, but others in her neighborhood.
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Vogt argued that prison was the only acceptable sentence for an individual who preys on the most vulnerable members of our community.
She stated that Fajardo failed to take advantage of the resources provided to him as a graduate of Kaua’i Drug Court, as this incident occurred a little over a year after he completed the program in April of 2011.
The State says Fajardo had multiple opportunities at rehabilitation programs but failed to apply what he learned in his life.
Fajardo pleaded guilty to theft in the second degree on May 15, 2013 pursuant to a global plea agreement that resolves a total of three felony cases.
On July 22, 2013, Fajardo pled guilty to numerous counts in two other cases. He pled guilty to burglary in the first degree in a case in which he broke into a neighbor’s home and stole jewelry while she was gone.
He also pled guilty to several charges including theft, forgery, identity theft, unauthorized computer access, use of computer in the commission of a separate crime and unauthorized possession of confidential personal information.
That case includes additional thefts from the same victim involved in Wednesday’s sentencing totaling over $18,000.
Fajardo is scheduled to be sentenced in those cases in December.
He has been incarcerated at Kaua’i Community Correctional Center since last December in lieu of $50,000 bail.