3 plead guilty to massive ID scam, shopping spree

Three Brooklyn residents pleaded guilty Thursday to using counterfeit credit cards to go on a massive shopping spree in Honolulu.

Sean Khani, Isatta Bassie and Shawnese Adams were indicted by an Oahu grand jury in 2012 on multiple counts of first-degree identity theft.

According to the prosecuting attorney’s office, they were part of a team who traveled from New York to Honolulu in April 2012 and, over the course of five days, used the credit cards to rack up more than $800,000 in charges at high-end retailers including Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Gucci, Ben Bridge, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Kaimana Kea Rolex, along with several other stores and restaurants.

Two other defendants involved pleaded guilty last year. All five were located in New York and Aruba and extradited to Hawaii in a multi-agency operation that involved the prosecutor’s office, Honolulu police, the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Marshals, the Department of Homeland Security and the New York Police Department.

The final three defendants will be sentenced to 20-year prison terms in May.

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