Man to serve 5 years for credit card theft, fraudulent charges

Published On: Oct 02 2013 05:35:00 PM HST
LIHUE, Kauai -

A 40-year-old man has been sentenced to a five-year prison term for stealing and making fraudulent charges on his father's credit card.

Matthew Madrid of Hanama'ulu was sentenced Wednesday in a Kauai court for the offense.

Madrid’s father ordered a new credit card upon realizing his initial one had been stolen, but Madrid proceeded to steal the new card and continued making fraudulent purchases.

Uncovered surveillance footage revealed Madrid using his father’s card and forging signatures via surveillance footage at various businesses on Kaua'i.

Presiding Judge Watanabe said that after considering all the information before her, the five-year prison term was the appropriate sentence for the Defendant.

Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar, noting Madrid’s history of 17 arrests as an adult, showed support for the decision.

“For a person with a record as extensive as this defendant’s, prison is the only sentence that will adequately protect our residents,” said Kollar. “This defendant chose many times to violate the trust of those around him, and has shown time and again that he refuses to live under the terms of trust and respect that are the cornerstone of our community.”

Madrid was held in custody at Kaua'i Community Correctional Center since Feb. 21 in lieu of $50,000 bail.

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