KAPAA, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Circuit Court Judge Kathleen N.A. Watanabe on Wednesday sentenced Jonathan Niehaus, age 28 of Kapa'a, to five years' imprisonment for forging his father's checks.
The incident occurred in May of 2013, when Niehaus stole three of his father's personal checks and wrote them out to himself. The Defendant admitted to using the money, a total of $7,000, to travel with his then-girlfriend and purchase prescription drugs.
Detective Shane Sokei led the police investigation and Niehaus was arrested on June 13 of last year.
Second Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Rebecca Vogt represented the State of Hawai'i. Deputy Public Defender Stephanie Sato represented the Defendant.
Niehaus was sentenced to concurrent five-year open terms for Forgery in the Second Degree and Theft in the Second Degree. He was also ordered to pay full restitution to First Hawaiian Bank.
Niehaus has numerous prior convictions relating to Drug Promotion, Assault, and Terroristic Threatening, dating back to 2008. He was also resentenced in one of his cases for a probation revocation.
Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar praised the sentence: "This individual took advantage of his own family members and those in a position of trust to him. And he did so repeatedly. His long pattern of criminal behavior and refusal to change that pattern makes prison the only remaining option to protect the community."