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ID theft ringleader sentenced to 20 years

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 11:47 a.m. HST, Jan 16, 2013



The leader of a sophisticated identity theft ring responsible for more than half of the ID theft complaints on Oahu in 2010 is going to prison for at least eight years, unless the federal government deports him earlier.

A state judge sentenced Pyong “Peter” Pak this morning to 20 years in prison for theft, ID theft, drug and drug paraphernalia possession.

Circuit Judge Colette Garibaldi ordered Pak to serve at least eight years of that sentence behind bars before he can be eligible for parole because he has prior felony convictions. The Hawaii Paroling Authority can set a higher minimum.

It was Pak’s exploits in those earlier convictions that prompted state lawmakers to approve Hawaii identity theft laws.

State and city prosecutors had asked Garibaldi to sentence Pak to 30 years in prison and order him to serve at least 13 years and four months of the sentence behind bars before he can seek parole.

The federal government can deport Pak, a South Korean national, at any time.

The state says Pak was one of the leaders of a 14-member ID theft ring that victimized at least 256 Hawaii residents between May 1, 2010 and Jan. 27, 2011 and stole an estimated $218,500. Ring members obtained the personal information of their victims by breaking into their homes, vehicles and places of work, stealing their mail, rummaging through their trash or by buying the information from others who did the same.







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Tipops wrote:
Amen. Let him serve out his minimum and then deport his @$$ out of this country, forever!
on January 16,2013 | 10:57AM
entrkn wrote:
Deport him to North Korea with the proviso that he serve his full sentence in one of their paradise prisons...
on January 16,2013 | 11:09AM
allie wrote:
haw. sovs. admire north korea due to mutual hatred of america i am told
on January 16,2013 | 12:11PM
olos73 wrote:
What about the rest of the ring? Make a package deal and send them ALL away. Siberia sounds good...
on January 16,2013 | 11:27AM
rayhawaii wrote:
8 years X's $55,000.00 a year for room and board and 3 meals a day paid for by us hard working tax payers. Deport him or make his country pay for him.
on January 16,2013 | 07:50PM
hikine wrote:
I'm in favor of deporting him and serve his prison term in South Korea.
on January 17,2013 | 12:18AM
IAmSane wrote:
I don't think he can serve time in a South Korean prison for crimes that were committed outside of the country. If they deport him, he's a free man. Plus, South Korean prisons a lot more pleasant compared to American ones.
on January 17,2013 | 10:05PM
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