Final 3 ID thieves sentenced after high-end shopping spree

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The last three of five Brooklyn, N.Y., residents who used counterfeit credit cards to fund a high-end retail shopping spree in Waikiki in 2012 were each sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday, Prosecuting Attorney Keith M. Kaneshiro announced.

Sean Khani, Isatta Bassie and Shawnese Adams pleaded guilty to multiple counts of first-degree identity theft in February.

Co-defendant Falysha Pierre-Lys pleaded guilty to first-degree identity theft last year and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. The fifth co-defendant, Tamel Vaughn, pleaded no contest to second-degree identity theft last year and was sentenced to prison followed by court supervision.

The five traveled to Honolulu in April 2012 and used counterfeit credit cards to purchase merchandise at Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Gucci, Ben Bridge, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Kaimana Kai Rolex. In all, they conducted, or attempted to conduct, fraudulent transactions in excess of $325,000.

The five were located in New York and Aruba and extradited to Honolulu as part of a multi-agency operation involving 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.

“Law enforcement in Honolulu is serious about identity theft and will pursue and prosecute criminals who come here to target local businesses or residents,” Kaneshiro said. “No one should think they can get away with these crimes by simply leaving the Islands.”

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