FRESNO, Calif. — Johnny Kajitani Jr., 47, of Clovis, was sentenced Monday to two years and 10 months in prison for bank fraud and aggravated identity theft, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced. In addition, U.S. District Judge Dale A. Drozd ordered Kajitani to pay almost $44,000 in restitution to his various victims.
According to court documents, Kajitani obtained the social security number of an individual without her knowledge. In October 2012, he used that social security number to apply for membership with a local credit union. Kajitani then used that social security number to apply for and obtain from the credit union a $30,000 vehicle loan and a Platinum Visa credit card with a $7,500 limit. The credit union ultimately suffered a loss of over $30,000.
Furthermore, in 2014, Kajitani obtained the personally identifiable information and social security number of another individual. In September 2014, Kajitani opened four credit cards using that social security number without the consent of the victim. After Kajitani defaulted on these credit cards, four different banks suffered a combined loss of almost $30,000.
This case was the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura D. Withers prosecuted the case.