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Honolulu man gets 4 years for fireworks trafficking

By Associated Press

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.

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