Big Island police arrest, charge 4 people for fraudulent business checks

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Four people from Kailua-Kona have been arrested and charged by Big Island police for forgery and criminal conspiracy. (Courtesy: Hawaii Police Department)

HONOLULU (KHON2) — Big Island police have arrested and charged two men and two females from Kailua-Kona for apparently creating and spreading fraudulent business checks dating back to February 2021.

The four individuals include Lealofitaute Soares, 42; Bailey Kurashige, 25; Chandler Palakiko, 30; and Lane Miyake-Kamahele, 30.

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Officials reported all four were each charged with one count of first-degree forgery and one count of criminal conspiracy; bail was set at $17,000 each.

According to officials, their acts resulted in the “theft of U.S. currency from various businesses and banks.”

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For anyone with more information regarding these incidents should contact Detective Tyler Prokopec of the Area II Criminal Investigation Section at (808) 326-4646 ext. 224 or email tyler.prokopec@hawaiicounty.gov.

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