Kahului man uses stolen identity to rent vehicles

WAILUKU — A Kahului man was arrested for allegedly using an Oklahoma man’s name and credit card information to rent four cars in October and November.

Terrell Payton, 35, is charged with four counts each of first-degree theft, first-degree identity theft and first-degree computer fraud, two counts of second-degree theft, fraudulent use of a credit card and first-degree criminal trespassing.

During his initial appearance Monday in Wailuku District Court, Deputy Prosecutor Lewis Littlepage asked for Payton’s bail to be increased to $216,000.

Payton was arrested Nov. 23 when police executed a search warrant at his house, Littlepage said. He said the Oklahoma man’s credit card and other valuables were stolen when his vehicle was broken into last year.

Payton allegedly used the victim’s credit card and name to rent the vehicles on the Avis Car Rental website, Littlepage said. According to the complaint filed against Payton, the cars were a 2020 red Chevrolet Camaro, 2020 gray Chevrolet Camaro, 2020 Chrysler 300 and 2020 Ford Expedition.

“They were recovered but they were not returned,” Littlepage said.

He said Payton also is charged with checking into the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua in October and saying the Oklahoma man would be providing a credit card to pay. Payton was asked to leave when the man didn’t show up with the credit card, Littlepage said.

He said Payton has felony drug convictions in Illinois, as well as convictions in Minnesota for using a false name, driving under the influence of an intoxicant, driving without a license, driving after his license was revoked and forgery. Detectives were checking on a warrant for his arrest for burglary in Minnesota, Littlepage said.

Payton asked to be released on supervision or to have his bail reduced.

He has lived on Maui for one year and works full time at a barber shop, said Deputy Public Defender Emily Collins. She said Payton has no criminal record in the state and is the sole caretaker for his 5-year-old daughter who is on Maui visiting him.

Littlepage objected to releasing Payton on supervision, saying the prosecution considered him “an extreme flight risk.”

Judge Blaine Kobayashi denied the defense request for supervised release and kept bail at $35,000 for Payton. He was ordered to stay away from Avis Car Rental at Kahului Airport and to have no contact with the Oklahoma man.

* Lila Fujimoto can be reached at lfujimoto@mauinews.com.


Today's breaking news and more in your inbox

I'm interested in (please check all that apply)
Are you a paying subscriber to the newspaper?


Starting at $4.62/week.

Subscribe Today