POSTED: 6:47 p.m. HST, Aug 21, 2012
A security guard assigned to a condominium building in Waikiki used the spare keys of the units to burglarize them and steal money from the residents’ bank accounts, said Patricia Kickland, deputy city prosecutor.
An Oahu grand jury returned an indictment today charging Lane J. Phongphila with unauthorized possession of confidential personal information, identity theft, forgery, burglary, theft and use of a computer to commit a crime.
State Circuit Judge Richard Perkins set bail at $25,000.
Kickland said Phongphila stole the bank account number of one resident, then went online to withdraw more than $52,000 to pay his bills including his mortgage.
She said he also stole at least eight checks from other units, forged them and deposited more than $19,000 into his credit union account.
Kickland said Phongphila admitted entering 16 units to steal from them.