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Grand jury indicts five-man identity theft ring

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An Oahu grand jury Tuesday indicted the alleged leader of a five-man ring on 78 counts of identity-theft-related charges, City Prosecuting Attorney Keith M. Kaneshiro said.

Investigators say Pyong Pak produced high-quality fake IDs, credit cards and checks using information gleaned by ring members through methods such as burglaries and auto thefts.

Pak's co-conspirators were previously indicted on similar charges. The five men face 304 identity-theft-related charges.

Today's indictment alleges the men used personal information of 145 Oahu residents to obtain $195,000 from May 1, 2010, to Oct. 27, 2010.

Randy Garcia was indicted on 102 counts and Jefferson Ganado on 41 counts. Al Alvarez, who was indicted on 25 counts, and Arnold Agtang, who was indicted on 47 counts, have agreed to plead guilty and serve 10-year sentences.

All five men are in custody.

The indictment was brought by Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Christopher Van Marter, head of the white-collar crime unit in the prosecutor's office.

Van Marter said the indictments resulted from a months-long investigation involving the Honolulu Police Department, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Postal Service inspectors, the state Sheriff's Office and Immigration, Customs and Enforcement.

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