Thursday, July 24, 2014         

 Print   Email   Comment | View 2 Comments   Most Popular   Save   Post   Retweet

Ex-guard allegedly profited off gang

By Associated Press


This file photo shows inmates at Halawa prison walking in single file to lunch.

A former Halawa Prison corrections officer profited from selling cigarettes to a prison gang, and a second former guard received thousands in bribes, according to federal prosecutors.

FBI officials last week announced the indictment of 17 inmates in state custody and one former corrections officer, without going into detail of how state employees were involved, Hawaii News Now reported. The indictment said the inmates were members of a prison gang known as "USO Family" that had participated in drug trafficking, bribery and violence.

Former Halawa guard Feso Malu­fau, 54, was among those indicted in the document announced last week.

He and five inmates were charged with racketeering conspiracy and with multiple acts of fraud, bribery and distribution of marijuana and crystal meth­am­pheta­mine.

A previous federal indictment charged Malu­fau with taking money for smuggling contraband into the prison.

Federal authorities also are pursing Malu­fau and his wife for failing to disclose illicit income and a property in Hau­ula when they filed for bankruptcy in 2011.

Malufau was fired last September for reasons not connected to the prison gang operation, according to prison officials.

Former Halawa guard John Joseph Kalei Hall was indicted previously. In 2012 he pleaded guilty to smuggling cigarettes into the prison and selling them to gang members.

Investigators said Hall sold cigarettes for $500 per carton, and gang members resold them to inmates. Federal prosecutors said Hall was paid $10,000 to $30,000 by gang members.

Cigarettes were banned from Hawaii prisons in 2010.

Hall resigned in February. He was sentenced to one year and one month in federal prison.

The indicted Hawaii inmates have been moved from Halawa Prison or other mainland facilities to federal custody.

 Print   Email   Comment | View 2 Comments   Most Popular   Save   Post   Retweet

You must be subscribed to participate in discussions
By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. Because only subscribers are allowed to comment, we have your personal information and are able to contact you. If your comments are inappropriate, you may receive a warning, and if you persist with such comments you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, email commentfeedback@staradvertiser.com.
Leave a comment

Please login to leave a comment.
Kaleo744 wrote:
This must go deeper then just one guard being caught, really how many more are tied in this kind of operation this is no small time operation here...the deeper you go the more names will be dropped
on October 5,2013 | 09:13AM
allie wrote:
agree..the penitentiary has been out of control for a long time. You can be sure there is much more to this sad story than we have been told.
on October 5,2013 | 10:03AM
Latest News/Updates