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Identity Theft in Hawaii

Hawaii MapIn Hawaii, identity theft happens at a rate of 45.1 victims for every 100,000 in the state's population. While this may not sound high, for the more than 300 Hawaiians in a typical year who experience identity theft, the effects can be severe. Unresolved identity issues can result in false imprisonment, inability to obtain credit for home mortgages or automobile purchases, and many other costly and time-consuming problems.

How do criminals use stolen identity? They can take a few pieces of personal information - a name, social security number, an address, among others - and use them to obtain medical care, for anything from a hip replacement to cosmetic surgery; to open up a number of new credit card accounts, making thousands of dollars in purchases before the victim of identity theft even realizes it; to file a fraudulent tax return and walk away with a sizable refund, which goes unnoticed until the taxpayer tries to file a return and learns that one was already filed earlier in the year, using his or her information. It seems that new ways for criminals to steal identifying details and use it for their benefit are constantly emerging.

What can residents of Hawaii do to protect themselves from identity theft? Safeguarding their personal information is often the best strategy. Smart practices include not carrying their social security cards or other documents with the number listed; not giving out their social security number just because a business requests it; checking annual credit reports and Social Security Administration earnings statements; protecting computers using anti-spam and anti-virus software, firewalls, and using hard-to-guess passwords on Internet accounts; and refusing to give out personal information over the phone unless the call is initiated by the individual (e.g. a credit cardholder calls the customer service number given on the back of the card, as opposed to responding to a phone call that likely did not come from the credit card company but rather from a scammer).

In addition, many Identity Theft Protection services are available in Hawaii and can give customers an added layer of security and greater peace of mind.


State Hospital patient who escaped to California indicted on identity theft charges

The Hawaii State Hospital patient who walked away from the facility in November and jumped a plane to California has been indicted on escape and identity theft charges. Randall Saito remains behind bars, where he's been since being snagged in California ...

Published:  Thu, 10 May 2018 15:33:00 GMT

Randall Saito indicted for escape and identity theft

HONOLULU - An Oahu grand jury indicts Randall Saito, on charges relating to his escape from the Hawaii state hospital last November. He's already charged with escape in the second degree. This new indictment adds four counts of identity theft in the first ...

Published:  Fri, 11 May 2018 13:31:00 GMT

Trial date set for state hospital escapee Randall Saito

HONOLULU (KHON2) - A trial date has been set for Randall Saito, the man who escaped from the Hawaii State Hospital last November. Saito pled not guilty to identity theft and escape at a hearing Thursday morning. The attorney general says Saito used someone ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 00:26:00 GMT

Escapee indicted

The newly indicted case charges Saito with his escape from the Hawaii State Hospital, as well as four new counts of identity theft in the first degree, for Saito's unauthorized use of another person's identity to facilitate his escape. Bail was ...

Published:  Fri, 11 May 2018 18:36:00 GMT

Man Who Escaped From State Hospital Indicted on 5 Counts

HONOLULU (AP) - The man who six months ago walked out of the Hawaii State Hospital and flew to California ... on one count of escape in the second degree and four counts of identity theft in the first degree. The escape charge carries a maximum sentence ...

Published:  Thu, 10 May 2018 23:27:00 GMT

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... escape and identity theft Randall Saito indicted for escape and identity theft HONOLULU - An Oahu grand jury indicts Randall Saito, on charges relating to his escape from the Hawaii state hospital last November. This new indictment adds four counts of ...

Published:  Fri, 11 May 2018 13:18:00 GMT

Oahu grand jury indicts State Hospital escapee Randall Saito

An Oahu grand jury has indicted Randall Saito for escape and theft six months after he walked out of the Hawaii State Hospital and flew to ... and four counts of identity theft in the first degree, a class A felony that carries a maximum 20 years in ...

Published:  Thu, 10 May 2018 16:09:00 GMT

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Becerra has filed charges of extortion, money laundering, and identity theft against four men who are allegedly behind ... with red fringe similar to a rooster's comb. PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) - A volcano that is oozing, spewing and exploding on Hawaii ...

Published:  Fri, 18 May 2018 23:16:00 GMT

State Hospital escapee Randall Saito indicted on new charges

HONOLULU (KHON2) - Hawaii State Hospital escapee Randall Saito has been indicted by a Honolulu Grand Jury on one count of Escape in the Second Degree and four counts of Identity Theft in the First Degree. Saito was previously charged with Escape in the ...

Published:  Thu, 10 May 2018 15:32:00 GMT

No Updates on Who Helped Patient Escape From State Hospital

HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaii official says there are no updates on who helped ... Saito was recently indicted on one count of second-degree escape and four counts of first-degree identity theft.

Published:  Sun, 13 May 2018 22:19:00 GMT

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