Colorado man sentenced for depositing checks twice

The Maui News

WAILUKU — A man who “double dipped” when he cashed and electronically deposited the same payroll checks was sentenced after paying back the money, as well as more than $5,000 it cost to bring him back to Maui to face charges.

Brandon Crow, 24, of Colorado pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of third-degree theft to resolve his case.

Before his sentencing Oct. 11 in 2nd Circuit Court, Crow had paid $678 in restitution to Bank of Hawaii and $5,243 to Maui County for the cost of extraditing him from Miami.

Crow had spent 16 days in jail as a result of the extradition and criminal prosecution, said Deputy Prosecutor Jeffery Temas.

He said Crow was charged after he “double dipped” on two payroll checks in June 2015. Both times, Crow went to a Bank of America branch to cash the check, then deposited the same check electronically into his Bank of Hawaii account by using a cellphone application, Temas said.

He said Bank of Hawaii suffered the losses and closed Crow’s account.

But weeks later, Crow returned to the Kihei branch of Bank of Hawaii and was able to successfully cash a third check, which wasn’t made good by the bank it was drawn on, Temas said. He said Crow was able to cash the check because the teller didn’t notice that Crow’s account had been closed with a balance due to the bank.

Temas described Crow’s attorney, Graham Mottola, as a “formidable opponent” who had filed multiple motions in the case before the compromise was reached.

“Although at a very expensive cost to his client,” Temas said.