Man who used pro golfer’s stolen credit cards sentenced to prison

Owen Harbison

The man who used Australian professional golfer Robert Allenby’s credit cards was sentenced Wednesday.

Owen Harbison will have to serve five years in prison.

In February, he was caught on surveillance video going on a shopping spree with the stolen cards.

He pleaded guilty to identity theft and attempted theft in June.

“I would like to take full responsibility and apologize to Mr. Allenby for my role in his bad evening,” Harbison said in court Wednesday. “I’m not really quite sure how it played out, but I did spend and use his cards. I’d also like to apologize to my community in Hawaii. I’ve been like a drag for the past three or four years and I really want to change that.”

“I don’t think any plea agreement is perfect, but while not perfect, justice has been served in this case. We talked to Mr. Allenby and Mr. Allenby has agreed this is an appropriate outcome for this case,” said deputy prosecuting attorney Jacob Delaplane.

Allenby was in Hawaii for the Sony Open.

He claimed he was robbed and beaten outside a restaurant on Kapiolani Boulevard. The story gained worldwide attention.

Prosecutors say it’s still not clear how Harbison got the credit cards.

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