Former pageant queen heading back to prison on fraud charges

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A former titleholder of the Miss Hawaii International pageant will be back behind bars for the next five years.

In April, a jury found Susan Shaw guilty of computer and credit card fraud.

A judge handed down the five-year sentence on Wednesday after she padded the bills of customers to inflate her tips while she worked as a waitress in 2017.

Hawaii News Now previously reported that Shaw was on parole when she stole from at least 105 customers during a four-month period, walking away with an additional $700 in tips.

At the time of the trial, her attorney Thomas Otake argued the falsified transactions were a result of human error, blaming poor penmanship of the customers.

But the members of the jury didn't buy it, especially considering Shaw's previous run-ins with the law.

In 2011, she was at the center of one of Honolulu's largest identity theft cases.

She was ordered to serve 20 years for identity theft after stealing $200,000 from 23 individuals.

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The convicted thief was later released on parole for that crime.

She reigned with the Miss Hawaii International title in 1992.

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