HONOLULU (AP) – The sentences were postponed again for a North Carolina man who prosecutors say defrauded the University of Hawaii with $ 200,000 lying about their ability to secure Stevie Wonder for a fund-raising concert.
Marc Hubbard was scheduled to be sentenced on Wednesday, but his defense attorney, William Harrison, requested time to review the pre-sentence report of Hubbard prepared by parole officers.
Assistant prosecutor Marc Wallenstein opposed another delay. "This procedure has been postponed, I can not tell you how many times," he said.
A judge rescheduled the sentencing hearing for April 6.
Hubbard pleaded guilty to electronic fraud in 2016. His sentence has been postponed several times. The day before the sentence was set last month, he filed a motion to ask him to withdraw his guilty plea.
He said he is innocent and that he was forced to plead guilty because he feared prosecutors would reveal that he was cooperating against the mobsters on the east coast. Prosecutors denied it and said that although he offered to cooperate against alleged organized crime figures, his help was futile.
A judge rejected his request to withdraw his guilty plea, stating that there was nothing ambiguous about the questions he was asked during his 2016 guilty plea hearing and the answers he gave. She noted that the moment she asked him if he agreed that he trusted his false statements, the university telegraphed $ 200,000 and he answered "yes."
The university paid the deposit of $ 200,000 in 2012 and then began selling tickets before learning that neither Wonder nor its representatives had authorized a show.
Thousands of ticket purchases had to be reimbursed, causing embarrassment to the school and provoking investigations.
A special committee of the state Senate that investigated the management of the university of the failed concert said that the incident tarnished the reputation of the university.
The committee said no one at the university investigated whether the agent was an authorized representative of the singer. The lack of supervision and communication in the school's athletic department, the general counsel, and the disbursement office also failed.
As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors will recommend that you execute your sentence concurrently with the more than six years it serves for a similar case in Pennsylvania.
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