Woman charged with ID theft ordered held without bail

Susan Shaw
Susan Shaw
Det. John McCarthy
Det. John McCarthy

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Calling her a flight risk and a danger to the community, prosecutors on Wednesday fought to keep a suspected identity thief locked up. Susan Shaw is accused of living a double life in Hawaii and California.

Susan Shaw enters the courtroom and smiles when she sees her parents. But her smile quickly fades, as a detective testifies the Kailua woman led a secret life in California.

"She was talking about marriage with at least two men there," Det. John McCarthy, Honolulu Police Department, said. "She was very secretive, kept her Hawaii connection more or less quiet with other stories of what she does and doesn't do."

The 35-year-old is now charged with 122 counts, including theft, forgery and credit card fraud. She's accused of making purchases in excess of $160,000 by using 11 other people's personal information, such as social security numbers, to open credit card accounts and buy gift cards.

"She traveled frequently between Hawaii and California, almost on a twice monthly basis," McCarthy said. "She's also traveled outside the United States."

Prosecutors want her held without bail, saying she's a flight risk and had at least two residences in California.

"The Manhattan Beach Police Department search warranted a home there," McCarthy said. "Among other things, they found gift cards for airlines, hotel, and the personal information of between 40 and 50 people."

Prosecutors say they expect additional charges.

But the defense argues Shaw's bail, set at $1 million, is high enough.

"We ask the court to deny the motion," Tyrus Buyama, deputy public defender, said. "Basically, at this point in time, she's still pending trial and has not yet been convicted."

The judge disagrees and orders Shaw to be held without bail.

Her trial is tentatively set for July 20th.