Falysha Pierra Lys:Retail Therapy

A credit card theft ring was taken down. The suspected thieves from New York were living the high life until they decided to pull their shenanigans in Hawaii.


They spent five days in the islands racking up $179,000 in credit card bills before flying back to New York.

Their haul? Luxury items like purses and watches from high-end retail stores.

Authorities say all of the items were purchased with stolen credit card numbers.

“Thinking they can get away with the crime because it’s so far from their home base of operations,” said Timothy Hollern, U.S. Secret Service.

U.S. Marshals arrested Sean Khani and Tamel Vaughn in New York Friday morning. The rest of the roundup happened in December, catching Isatta Bassie and Shawnese in Aruba. Falysha Pierre-Lys was extradited and is now in custody in Honolulu.

Evidence gathered from the suspects’ email and Twitter accounts proved crucial to cracking the case.

Last year, the state legislature passed a bill allowing local law enforcers to issue search warrants outside of Hawaii.

“We’re able to obtain pictures of at least one of the defendants standing on the balcony of the Trump Hotel in Waikiki wearing some of the clothes, a purse, and shoes that had been fraudulently obtained from one of the local Chanel stores,” Deputy Prosecutor Chris Van Marter said.

Prosecutors says all five suspects will be brought to Hawaii. Combined with the efforts of Honolulu Police, the Secret Service, and U.S. Marshals, they say credit card thieves in Hawaii will be caught.

“We will track them down, we will do the investigation. We will get the records, we will get evidence, regardless of whether it’s here or out of state to prosecute,” Honolulu Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro said.

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