The Maui Police Department and elements of the Juvenile Crime Prevention Division have been investigating a Second Degree Theft case. The case occurred on September 12 at about 4 p.m. at Lahainaluna High School.
With the cooperation of the staff of King Kekaulike High School and the community of Maui, the Maui Police Department has been able to address this incident.
Four juvenile males from the Varsity King Kekaulike High School Football team were identified as being involved in this theft.
Most of the items taken in this incident have been recovered. No further information is available at this time. Student identities will not be released.
HONOLULU – Governor David Ige today vetoed eight bills and sent his statements of objections to the house and senate leadership. The governor’s veto messages may be found here.
Three Maui residents are free today after posting bail on charges of selling stolen Maui Bus passes. The items, normally priced at $4 each, were being sold by the suspects for $2. To add to the ease in catching them, the suspects sold them on line.
A Department of Transportation investigation from the County of Maui reported that at least one unknown individual was selling stolen $4 Maui Bus Passes for $2 on-line. Last Wednesday, October 29 at about 11:45 a.m., members of the Maui Police DepartmentCrime Reduction Unit and Wailuku Patrol Division conducted an investigation into this incident. Officers were able to find the Maui Bus passes for sale on a social media site.
Arrangements were made to meet at the Queen Ka’ahumanu Center to purchase the bus passes from the suspect. An Officer, in plain clothes, was able to purchase the Maui Bus passes and subsequently placed the suspect, identified as 23 year-old Cole Santiago of Wailuku, under arrest. Further investigation revealed that one female suspect, 23 year-old Mikail H. Honokaupu, of Waiehu, and another male suspect, 53 year-old Anthony Davis of Wailuku, were also involved in selling the Maui Bus passes.
Officers recovered 31 Maui Bus passes valued at $124. All three suspects were arrested and charged for the offense of Theft in the Third Degree. Bail was set at $200 each. All three suspects were released on bail.
Maui Police have taken two men off the streets who – they say – posed a significant hazard to the public.
Clifford Muller and Devin Ferreira have both been arrested and booked on theft charges in two incidents in Kihei within the past month.
Police say that, on September 22, Ferreira and another man were captured on surveillance video inside the new Hi Tech Surf Sports Store on South Kihei Road. At about 3 p.m. that day, the two appeared to be browsing. While the unidentified man distracted the lone sales clerk, Ferreira was observed removing two GoPro video cameras – each valued at $299.00, from a display case. Ferreira is observed clearly on video walking out of the store with the two GoPro cameras and making no attempt to pay for the items. The unknown male in the red shirt then quickly left the store as well. He remains at large.
Then, on October 8 around 4:30 p.m., a male later identified as Clifford Muller, was observed entering the South Maui Gold and Loan pawn shop located at 357 Huku Lii Place in Kihei. MULLER was caught on surveillance video walking up to the display counter within the shop and removing a cell phone that was left on the counter unattended.
It wasn’t until the next morning that this incident was reported to police as store employees were able to identify Muller from the security video and past contacts/transactions they have had with Muller at the Kihei pawn shop.
Muller is clearly seen removing the cell phone valued at $500.00 from the counter, looking around the store and then fleeing the shop out the front entrance/exit door.
Checks for Muller had been negative thus far and he is known to be homeless and possibly staying in the Kanaha Beach Park area in Kahului. An All-Points Bulletin had been issued for Muller’s arrest regarding this case and he also has an outstanding warrant for his arrest.
Ferreira has been charged with Theft in the Second Degree. Muller faces charges of Theft in the First Degree. Both men have been located and taken into custody.
HONOLULU – Hawaii Circuit Court Judge Richard Perkins today sentenced an Oahu man to prison time and five years of probation for stealing about $38,750 from two elderly Oahu residents who were former clients of his while he was an insurance agent. Earlier this week, Maui County made available a new pamphlet on avoiding elder abuse. This latest development underscores a “zero tolerance” for defrauding our kupuna.
Scott Akashi worked at John Hancock Financial Network as a life insurance agent. During his time there, he contacted two former clients and falsely offered returns on policies. From Jan. 17 to March 21, 2012, he secured about $9,900 from a 90-year-old man in two separate transactions.
From March 27 to Sept. 4, 2012, Akashi repeated the scheme with an 88-year-old woman, even going as far as picking her up from her home to take her to a bank, and helping her create a bank account with which to transfer funds. He took about $28,850, which was paid in nine transactions.
Akashi was charged with 11 counts of second-degree theft. Judge Perkins sentenced Akashi to serve 48 hours of prison time every week for three months, beginning July 9. He was also sentenced to five years of probation and 300 hours of community service.
“Mr. Akashi built a level of trust with his two former clients, and in callous calculation damaged their sense of trust in others, and their sense of security in their own homes,” Special Deputy Attorney General Colleen Chun of the Hawaii Insurance Division Fraud Branch said. “There was a need for deterrence, and we’re pleased with the sentence. We hope this will discourage other agents from taking advantage of anyone.”
Fortunately in this case, the victims were able to recover the money they invested.
“We investigate and prosecute all kinds of insurance fraud, whether it is fraud committed by consumers, or even agents against consumers,” Hawaii Insurance Commissioner Gordon Ito said. “This case is insidious because it targeted our kupuna, whom should be enjoying the golden years of their lives. The Insurance Division will aggressively protect all Hawaii residents against these crimes.”
In July last year, Kathleen Kau, an insurance agent from Transamerica Life Insurance Co. (TLI), was sentenced to 10 years in prison for stealing more than $360,000 from the life insurance accounts of two customers.
For more information on fraud call the Insurance Division Fraud Hotline at 587-7416.
The Hawaii Insurance Division oversees the state’s insurance industry, issues licenses; examines the fiscal condition of Hawaii-based companies; reviews rate and policy filings; and investigates insurance related complaints.
WAILUKU, Maui, Hawai`i – A two-day closure of the parking area at Baby Beach in Spreckelsville will allow the County of Maui, State Department of Land and Natural Resources and Alexander & Baldwin to coordinate efforts to prevent further thefts of Milo trees in the area.
The parking area of Baby Beach will be closed beginning tomorrow, Thursday, April 11. Work is expected to last two days, with vehicular beach access expected to reopen on Saturday, April 13. Park users can still access the area by parking at Baldwin Park and walking to Baby Beach.
Earlier this year, Milo trees were reportedly stolen when suspects used vehicles to illegally access beach park areas, cutting down trees and hauling them away. One of the access points was identified as Baby Beach, where workers will move boulders to block off vehicular beach access. Signs and traffic cones will be placed in the area by County employees, and a Maui County Park Ranger will be on hand to explain the closure to beach users.
The public’s patience during the closure is appreciated.
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