Hanamaulu man sentenced to 5 years in prison for using dad’s credit card

Hanamaulu resident Matthew Madrid, 40, was sentenced to a five-year prison term on Wednesday for fraudulently using his father’s credit card.

He was held in custody at Kauai Community Correctional Center since Feb. 21 in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Madrid was sentenced Wednesday for stealing and making fraudulent charges on his father’s credit card between December 2012 and January 2013.

When the dad noticed his initial credit card had been stolen, the dad ordered a new one.

But Madrid also got the new card and continued using it.

Madrid was identified using his father’s card via surveillance footage at various businesses on Kauai.

In the video, he was seen forging signatures to purchase the items several times.

In court on Wednesday, Madrid expressed no remorse for his involvement in the incident. He took advantage of a position of trust with his father. In addition, he has previously performed poorly on probation, and clearly did not benefit from his participation in the Kauai Drug Court.

Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar, noting Madrid’s history of 17 arrests as an adult, stated: “For a person with a record as extensive as this defendant’s, prison is the only sentence that will adequately protect our residents. This defendant chose many times to violate the trust of those around him, and has shown time and again that he refuses to live under the terms of trust and respect that are the cornerstone of our community.”

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