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Suspects plead not guilty to using fake credit cards

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 10:25 a.m. HST, Jun 09, 2014

A 52-year-old woman entered a not guilty plea in Circuit Court on Monday to using counterfeit credit cards to make more than $800 in purchases last month.

Tori Kameyo Samiere, who has no local address, was arrested on June 2 and is being held at Oahu Community Correctional Center, unable to post $50,000 bail. She was indicted by an Oahu grand jury on Wednesday and faces charges of second-degree identity theft, fraudulent use of a credit card, unauthorized possession of confidential personal information and second-degree attempted theft.

Her trial will begin the week of Aug. 11 before Circuit Judge Dexter D. Del Rosario.

Samiere is one of two women facing identity theft charges as police investigate whether personal information was stolen from business records that were being kept in a storage facility.

Sadie J. Groy, 30, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to 20 criminal charges after allegedly racking up $21,000 on a counterfeit credit card during a five-day shopping spree. She is being held at OCCC unable to post $500,000 bail. Her jury trial is set for Aug. 8 before Judge Edward Kubo.

Samiere's alleged victim said police told him Samiere used a counterfeit card embossed with his business credit card number to spend $855 on May 6. Samiere bought gift cards at Safeway in Hawaii Kai and cosmetics from BeautiControl, an online cosmetics company, before the bank froze the account, the victim said.

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HanabataDays wrote:
What a couple of sad sacks.
on June 9,2014 | 09:51AM
st1d wrote:
headline sounds like they are saying the data was just laying there in the open, unsecured, as if inviting misuse of people's personal and confidential information.
on June 9,2014 | 09:52AM
st1d wrote:
the headline makes more sense now.
on June 9,2014 | 11:17AM
iwanaknow wrote:
These sad sacks are in deep denial and will get court appointed lawyers to defend them and waste our taxpayers money...........sad, sad, sad...put them on the road detail cutting grass?
on June 9,2014 | 01:06PM
hikine wrote:
If they were caught red handed how in the world can they plead innocent? It takes a lot of steps to produce fake credit cards, who were their sources in getting the cards? Was these personal information gotten from a box in which an StarAdvertiser employee left out in the open in a storage facility?
on June 9,2014 | 01:54PM
cojef wrote:
No kidding?
on June 9,2014 | 02:02PM
First-Responder wrote:
We need Chain gangs!
on June 9,2014 | 03:46PM
lowtone123 wrote:
The problem with our judicial system is that everyone pleads not guilty. Then it is up to the prosecutor to prove they were guilty. So much can go wrong and many times they either get off completely or get a light sentence. The laws should be changed so that if you plead not guilty and lose you get an extended sentence.
on June 9,2014 | 03:47PM
aomohoa wrote:
They look like a couple of drug addicts.
on June 9,2014 | 03:49PM
Skyler wrote:
Hey, long time no see :-) Was thinking methheads.
on June 9,2014 | 04:50PM
Manawai wrote:
If Hawaii banks would change to chip-embedded cards, local merchants wouldn't be left holding the bag so much. But it seems like the banks don't want to shell out the money for the chips when they can just reverse the charges back to the merchants who eat the losses. There's a reason for everything. Banks in Europe and elsewhere are already issuing "chipped" cards. Hawaii banks....zzzzzzzz.
on June 9,2014 | 04:19PM
Skyler wrote:
The merchants were asked not to scan the cards but to type in the numbers. THAT is what needs to stop.
on June 9,2014 | 04:50PM
mikaele1 wrote:
meth is involved in a high percentage of crime in Hawaii.
on June 9,2014 | 05:17PM
usahwn wrote:
Brilliant move for the homeless. Steal 800 no post bail get free room and board.
on June 9,2014 | 06:00PM
Anonymous wrote:
Sadie Groy. Hubba-Hubba!
on June 9,2014 | 07:18PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Samiere needs WAY more than $855 from Beauticontrol to make that look anything decent.
on June 9,2014 | 11:45PM
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