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Saturday, January 6, 2001

Calif. couple
sues ex-Sen.
Marshall Ige

'He didn't come through' after
$30,000 was paid to clear their
daughter's criminal record

By Harold Morse

A couple is seeking a $21,400 California court judgment from former state Sen. Marshall Ige.

An attorney for Morris and Rita Wolfred of Beverly Hills filed the action in Circuit Court yesterday. The court documents show the California judgment against Ige took place June 23 in Los Angeles County.

Mug shot The attorney, Norman K. Lau, said Ige had promised the Wolfreds he could expunge their daughter's Hawaii criminal conviction if they paid him $30,000.

"My clients paid the $30,000. He didn't come through. They asked for the money back," Lau said.

Ige repaid $8,600 of the $30,000, Lau said. "He owes $21,400, and they hired me to go try and collect it. He also bounced a check to them, too, for $5,000," Lau said.

Lau said he did not know what the Wolfreds' daughter was convicted of.

Ige could not be reached for comment.

Ige lost in last year's Democratic primary in the midst of campaign spending allegations. He was defeated by retired physician Solomon Naluai, who in turn lost to sports media personality Bob Hogue, a Republican, in the general election.

Ige awaits a Feb. 5 trial in Circuit Court on campaign spending charges. The state attorney general's seven-count complaint charges Ige failed to report campaign contributions, failed to disclose campaign debts and accepted improper campaign loans. The charges stem from a state investigation into Kamehameha Schools' political activities.

Ige has pleaded not guilty. He has said the state targeted him unfairly to justify its costly investigation of Kamehameha Schools.

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