Hilo man charged in stolen check case

Published On: Dec 26 2013 10:41:09 AM HST

Cheavis Kataoka

HILO, Hawaii -

A 33-year-old Hilo man has been charged in connection with a check theft, according to Big Island police.

In July, South Hilo patrol officers responded to a financial institution in Hilo for a report that the suspect had cashed two stolen checks on two separate days. The checks were from an invalid account that had been closed for five years.

Cheavis Kataoka, who lives in the Hilo area, was arrested Monday and held at the Hilo police cellblock while detectives continued the investigation.

At 9:26 a.m. Tuesday, detectives charged Kataoka with fourth-degree theft, two counts of third-degree forgery, two counts of second-degree identity theft, and two counts of second-degree theft. His bail was set at $75,000.

He remained at the police cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Thursday.

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