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Woman awaiting trial on 122 financial fraud charges indicted on additional counts

Susan Shaw Susan Shaw
Kanani Bona Kanani Bona
Chris Van Marter Chris Van Marter

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Kailua woman, already awaiting trial on more than 100 identity theft-related charges, was indicted by an Oahu grand jury on 18 additional counts Tuesday.

Susan Shaw is already being held without bail, after a judge last June ruled that she was a flight risk.

She's a former beauty queen accused of going on shopping sprees at the expense of strangers.

"Unfortunately, I'm still fighting it. I'm still trying to get my credit back," Kanani Bona, identity theft victim, said last May. "I missed out on re-financing, you know, for my mortgage and loans, so it's been a heartache."

Now, Susan Shaw faces 18 new financial fraud charges.

She was already at the center of what Honolulu prosecutors called their largest identity theft indictment ever.

Investigators searched her Kailua home last May. They say Shaw obtained other people's personal information by intercepting their mail.

The following week, prosecutors secured a 122-count indictment -- including credit card fraud, forgery and theft charges -- saying the suspect racked up more than $160,000 in purchases by pretending to be 11 other people.

"After she was charged in May of last year, the police identified an additional 12 victims," Chris Van Marter, deputy prosecutor, told a judge Tuesday.

Prosecutors say the new indictment comes after authorities searched Shaw's home in California and discovered confidential information belonging to 12 Hawaii residents.

"The police found that the defendant had the credit reports of all of these individuals and, at least for some of them, had already ordered credit cards, received credit cards, used credit cards to obtain merchandise," Van Marter said.

In all, Shaw is accused of victimizing 23 people and defrauding at least eight different credit card companies. Prosecutors say the total damage may reach $200,000.

Shaw's public defender, Tyrus Buyama, had no comment on the new indictment.

Her trial on the first set of charges is scheduled to begin next month.

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