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Wednesday, November 11, 1998

Lawyer Matsumaru
faces fraud trial

Whatever happened to Jay Matsumaru, who was indicted for a visa scheme?

Honolulu attorney S. Jay Matsumaru is awaiting a Jan. 13 trial in federal court for charges related to the filing of false applications for visas.

Matsumaru is accused of telling Japanese nationals that he could get them E-2 visas that would allow them to come to the United States. An E-2 visa is granted to foreign nationals who actively manage substantial business enterprises in the U.S.

Matsumaru has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is free on bond pending his trial.

Scheduling conflicts and changes in defense lawyers led to delays in bringing the case to trial, Assistant U.S. Attorney Omer Poirier said.

Matsumaru is still licensed to practice law in the state of Hawaii, Poirier said.

Matsumaru's lawyer did not return a telephone call for comment.

By Crystal Kua, Star-Bulletin

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