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Waikiki in jail after Seabury forum

Candidate awaiting sentencing arrested outside meeting

July 17, 2014
By LILA FUJIMOTO - Staff Writer (lfujimoto@mauinews.com) , The Maui News

Following his arrest Tuesday night after a candidate forum at Seabury Hall, mayoral candidate Nelson Waikiki Jr. appeared Wednesday morning in 2nd Circuit Court for a hearing on allegations that he failed to comply with conditions of his release in his criminal case.

Waikiki, 49, is being held in lieu of $100,000 cash-only bail at the Maui Community Correctional Center. He allegedly violated conditions of his supervised release by failing to show up for drug testing in May and June.

Police had issued an all-points bulletin for Waikiki, who was being sought on the warrant and for a second-degree theft investigation. Waikiki also had been reported missing last month by a friend who reported last seeing Waikiki at Paia Bay on June 24.

On Tuesday night, Waikiki was among six mayoral candidates who appeared for a 90-minute debate that was broadcast live on Akaku: Maui Community Television.

Two plainclothes police officers were waiting outside the meeting hall where the debate was held.

Police said Waikiki, who gave a Pukalani address, was located at Seabury Hall and arrested at 8:59 p.m. on the warrant. He also is under investigation of second-degree theft, but has not been charged, according to police records.

Waikiki is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to four felony securities fraud charges connected to an investment scheme involving Opunui Water Co. and Opunui Land and Water Co.

According to the indictment, nearly two dozen people - including a hui of seven - invested more than $100,000 with Waikiki, who wasn't a registered securities broker, from July 2008 to December 2012.

After being jailed for more than nine months following his arrest in the case last year, Waikiki was released on supervision April 11 after he changed his pleas.

As part of his release, he was required to report to the Maui Intake Service Center, refrain from the use of alcohol and illegal drugs, and submit to drug testing.

A hearing on the allegations that Waikiki violated terms of his supervised release was delayed until Wednesday.

Under state law, a person sentenced for a felony may not become a candidate for or hold public office from the time of the person's sentence until the person's final discharge.

Waikiki is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 10, about a month after the Nov. 4 general election. As part of a plea deal, Waikiki agreed to to pay $141,100 in restitution, including $60,000 before or at the time of his sentencing.

If he doesn't make the $60,000 payment, Waikiki agreed to be sentenced to a 10-year prison term instead of probation.

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

 
 

 

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