An update on past news

Wednesday, December 22, 1999

Former Waiau
chief on parole,
making restitution

Question: What ever happened to Darryl Freeman, the former Waiau battalion fire chief sentenced in 1993 to state and federal prison terms involving convictions for theft, firearms violations, tax evasion, mail fraud and racketeering to defraud insurance companies with false claims of stolen cars? Why was his house not confiscated as his sentencing indicated?

Answer: Freeman was paroled on his state term April 24, 1996, and was released from his federal sentence on Oct. 4 this year.

"He is under supervision with us and serving a term of supervised release," said Betty Taylor, chief U.S. probation officer, District of Hawaii.

"At the time of sentencing the court didn't order any confiscation. He was ordered to make restitution, which we're in the process of having him make. There was no order at the time of sentencing to confiscate his house."

On June 7, 1993, U.S. District Judge Harold Fong ordered Freeman to pay some $216,000 in restitution to insurance companies, and Freeman began serving his prison terms a short time later.

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