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Final 2 defendants in 'hit and run' credit card scam are in custody

By Nelson Daranciang

LAST UPDATED: 7:32 p.m. HST, Feb 8, 2013

The final two defendants accused of running a so-called “hit-and-run” counterfeit credit card scam over a five-day period on Oahu last April are in custody.

Deputy U.S. marshals in New York captured Sean Khani and Tamel Vaughn, both 24, early today in Brooklyn. The U.S. marshal case agent is Davan Gabbard, the younger sister of U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.

Marshal deputies in New York arrested Falyshia Pierre-Lys, 19 last month. She was extradited to Honolulu this week and is scheduled to be arraigned in state court Thursday.

Authorities in Aruba arrested Isatta Bassie, 19, and Shawnese Adams, 24, in December on unrelated charges. At the conclusion of their criminal cases in Aruba, they will be returned to the United States and extradited to Hawaii.

An Oahu grand jury returned an indictment against the five Brooklynites last November charging them with theft, identity theft and unauthorized possession of confidential personal information. A state judge ordered the indictment sealed until the city prosecutor asked to have it unsealed on Wednesday.

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