Identify thief sentenced to 20 years in prison

HONOLULU (AP) - A 22-year-old woman who pleaded no contest to identity theft and theft has been sentenced 20 years in prison.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Falysha Pierre-Lys was sentenced Tuesday to the mandatory term by Circuit Judge Randal K.O. Lee.

State law allows shorter terms for defendants who commit identity theft when 21 or younger but Lee says Pierre-Lys was too sophisticated and stole too much to qualify for the 8-year sentence she requested.

Prosecutors says Pierre-Lys used a counterfeit credit card to make purchases exceeding $5,000 at stores in Waikiki and Ala Moana on the same day in April 2012 and later bought a $10,000 watch.

Prosecutors say she and friends attempted transaction of $329,449 at luxury retail stores over five days and completed $179,676 in transactions.

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