Circuit Court Judge Kathleen N.A. Watanabe on Wednesday sentenced Jonathan Niehaus, 28, of Kapa'a, to five years of imprisonment for forging his father’s checks.
Prosecutors say the incident occurred in May 2013, when Niehaus stole three of his father's personal checks and wrote them out to himself.
Niehaus admitted to using the money, a total of $7,000, to travel with his then-girlfriend and purchase prescription drugs.
Detective Shane Sokei led the police investigation and Niehaus was arrested on June 13, 2013.
Niehaus was sentenced to concurrent five-year open terms for Forgery in the Second Degree and Theft in the Second Degree. He was also ordered to pay full restitution to First Hawaiian Bank.
Niehaus has numerous prior convictions relating to Drug Promotion, Assault, and Terroristic Threatening, dating back to 2008. He was also resentenced in one of his cases for a probation revocation.
Prosecuting Attorney Justin F. Kollar praised the sentence saying, "This individual took advantage of his own family members and those in a position of trust to him. And he did so repeatedly. His long pattern of criminal behavior and refusal to change that pattern makes prison the only remaining option to protect the community."