Woman arrested for check theft


Hawaii Island police have charged a 23-year-old Waimea woman with eight felonies in connection with a stolen checkbook.

The victim, a 58-year-old Holualoa woman, reported on April 7 that a new checkbook from her bank had been stolen, according to the Hawaii Police Department. Police investigation determined that some of the checks were later forged and cashed.

The suspect, Josephine Miranda, was arrested Monday at a bank in Kealakekua, where she had unsuccessfully attempted to cash another forged check from the stolen checkbook. She was taken to the Kona police cellblock while detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigations Section continued the investigation.

On Tuesday, Miranda was charged with two counts of theft, two counts of ID theft, two counts of forgery and two counts of possession of unauthorized personal information. Her bail was set at $22,000.

She remained at the cellblock until her initial court appearance, scheduled for today.