POSTED: 6:00 p.m. HST, Feb 14, 2013
LAST UPDATED: 6:00 p.m. HST, Feb 14, 2013
A Honolulu man is going to prison for four years for illegal fireworks trafficking, possession of a stolen firearm and structuring funds to avoid reporting currency transactions.
Senior U.S. District Court Judge Helen Gillmor on Thursday sentenced Brandon Haleamau as a result of his guilty pleas.
Gillmor also ordered Haleamau to forfeit nearly $350,000 in cash and three vehicles involved in his financial structuring.
U.S. Attorney Florence Nakakuni says Haleamau imported commercial grade display fireworks from China with a false declaration. She says he also illegally transported commercial grade fireworks.
She says he structured financial transactions totaling more than $1.1 million to evade federal currency transaction reporting requirements
Federal law requires financial institutions to file reports on currency transaction over $10,000.