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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 9, 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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