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Man charged in UH Wonder blunder case released in North Carolina

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 2:51 p.m. HST, Nov 13, 2012

A North Carolina man facing a federal charge of defrauding the University of Hawaii of $200,000 in the botched Stevie Wonder concert will be arraigned  in U.S. District Court in Honolulu on Nov. 23.

Marc Hubbard, 44, one of two men charged in the aborted concert fiasco, was released today on a $100,000 unsecured bond from a federal detention center in Charlotte, N.C. He also was ordered to surrender his passport and remain at his home in Mecklenberg, N.C. under monitoring until he travels to Hawaii.

Hubbard, 44, is scheduled to enter a plea before federal Magistrate Judge Kevin Chang at 10 a.m. Nov. 23 in Honolulu.

The other man charged in the case is Sean Barriero, 44, of Miami, who pleaded guilty here last week to a federal charge related to the UH wiring the $200,000 to an account with Barriero’s Epic Talent in  Florida.  

Hubbard, who is accused of devising the scheme, received $120,000 of the money, according to the federal charges.

At a detention hearing a federal magistrate judge in Charlotte, N.C., overruled federal prosecutors who wanted Hubbard held pending his transfer to Hawaii and ruled that the restrictions are enough to assure his appearance for his court case in Honolulu, according to FBI spokesman Tom Simon.

Hubbard was arrested on the federal charge Thursday, the day after he and Barriero were indicted by a federal grand jury here.

The judge restricted his travel to South Carolina, the western portion of North Carolina and Hawaii. 

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