Ponzi sentencing Jan. 22
A Kula woman charged in an alleged Ponzi scheme bilking nearly $900,000 from six Maui investors is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 22, an FBI official said Tuesday afternoon.
Jedidah Duarosan, 37, also known as Jedidah Abara, was given a new court-appointed attorney by U.S. District Court Judge Michael Seabright during a hearing Tuesday on Oahu.
On Monday, Duarosan fired her attorney, Salina Kanai Althof of the Federal Public Defender Program, and has tried to sue her, said Honolulu FBI Special Agent Tom Simon.
Duarosan was scheduled to be sentenced Monday.
On Tuesday, Seabright asked Duarosan why she fired and sued her former attorney. But Duarosan was unable to answer, Simon said.
Duarosan was ordered to be held at the Federal Detention Center on Oahu until her sentencing date. She had been free on bond.
She faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Bail $5,000 in abuse case
Bail was set at $5,000 for a Wailuku man charged with felony abuse of his girlfriend Monday night in their home, police said.
The felony charge applied based on a report that Dwayne Moore, 35, grabbed the woman by her throat, causing her to have difficulty breathing, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division.
Police were called to the residence on Meakanu Lane at 6:45 p.m.
Rego said Moore and his 32-year-old girlfriend had gotten into an argument before he grabbed her by the throat with his right hand and threatened to burn down the house with her in it. The woman reported having trouble breathing before he released his grip.
Then, Moore picked up their child, and when she went to take away the child, Moore hit her in the throat, again causing her to choke, he said.
The woman suffered visible injuries to her throat, Rego said.
Moore was arrested at 7:30 p.m. at the residence and was charged with felony abuse by strangulation.
KIRC set to discuss trolling
The Kaho'olawe Island Reserve Commission's Ocean Resources Program will host two more "talk story" informational sessions on permitted trolling.
Commission officials will discuss other issues faced by the agency, followed by a question-and-answer session.
Registered trollers and members of the public are encouraged to attend.
The sessions will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7 and 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Lihikai Elementary School cafeteria.
For more information, call Ocean Resources Program Manager Dean Tokishi at 243-5889.