May 13 – A 44-year-old Kalihi man has been charged with forgery and attempted theft after he allegedly deleted a $ 2,900 stimulus check from the Internal Revenue Service and tried to redeem it in May 2020.
On May 28, 2020, Calvin F. Militante allegedly stole the U.S. financial check and attempted to redeem it at the Bank of Hawaii, located at 2969 Mapunapima Place, according to government court documents.
The following day, Militante attempted to forge a check from the State of Hawaii Child Support Enforcement Agency and redeem it for $ 1,400 at the Bank of Hawaii at 1441 Kapiolani Boulevard.
He was charged on May 3 with two counts of forgery in the second degree and two counts of attempted theft in the second degree. Second-degree counterfeiting and second-degree theft are Class C crimes punishable by up to 5 years in prison. Militantes bail is set at $ 5.0000.
In a press release, prosecutor Steve Alm warned the public to be vigilant against incoming tax refund checks and other paper payments.
“When refund checks roll in from the IRS, it’s important for people to be aware of the potential for theft and counterfeiting. If you suspect your refund check has been stolen, contact the Honolulu Police Department or the US Treasury Inspector General of the Tax Administration. must make a report, “said Alm. “Also consider having your future refunds deposited directly into your bank account by the IRS instead of opting for a check.”
The case is being pursued by Deputy Prosecutor Thomas Michener, a member of the department’s White Collar Crime Team.