Police and Fire


POSTED: Thursday, July 02, 2009

Former isle man sentenced for stock fraud

A federal judge in Seattle sentenced a former Honolulu man and disbarred attorney in Washington to 13 months in prison for securities fraud and failure to file income tax returns, according to the U.S. attorney in Seattle.

Tolan Furusho, 39, allowed a Bellevue, Wash., woman to use his law office for a “;pump and dump”; stock-fraud scheme.

The eight defendants bought publicly traded “;shell”; companies, falsified financial documents and then used faxes and news releases to boost the stock price.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Lord said Furusho was the “;gatekeeper to the financial marketplace”; and a key member of the fraud.

Furusho, a 1988 Punahou School graduate and former wrestler, pleaded guilty in November 2007. According to the Seattle Times, Furusho is a karate champion and world-class weightlifter who can bench-press 532 pounds.


11-year-old grabbed by man at school

; Police are looking for a man who allegedly tried to sexually assault an 11-year-old boy in a restroom stall at Kaimuki Middle School on Tuesday.

The boy went into the restroom, and a man came out of the handicapped stall and allegedly grabbed him from behind and dragged him into the stall, police said. Police said the assailant fled after the boy called for help and struggled with him.

The man is wanted on attempted first-degree sexual assault. He is described as in his 20s, 5 feet 6 inches tall, has a medium build, black hair, brown eyes and was wearing a black jacket, blue denim long pants, black gloves and dark sunglasses.

Anyone who has information about the incident or the suspect is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cell phone.


Man accused of sex assault of 13-year-old

Police arrested a 46-year-old Ala Moana man Tuesday who allegedly sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl at 2 a.m. Monday.

The man was arrested 3 p.m. Tuesday on suspicion of two counts of first-degree sexual assault, two counts of third-degree sexual assault, criminal soliciting and two counts of first-degree promoting prostitution.