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Saturday, April 8, 2000

State wants daughter
forced to testify in
Ewa Village case

By Susan Kreifels


The state has asked that Michael Kahapea's daughter in Las Vegas be ordered to testify in the trial of her father, who is accused of falsifying billing records for hundreds of thousands of dollars in moving expenses involving city projects.

Documents filed in Circuit Court yesterday said Lisa Kahapea received $5,000 from her father as part of the false billing, but that she was not involved with the city project.

The application for certificate requesting attendance of an out-of-state witness filed in court is required for the state of Nevada to subpoena a witness to appear in Hawaii. The trial is set for June 1.

Her father was the city property management branch chief from 1993 to 1997 and was responsible for the relocation of commercial tenants in the Ewa Villages area. During that time the city paid about $6 million to move the tenants, the document said.

Prosecutors charge that Michael Kahapea had his friends and relatives set up bogus moving companies to bill the city for moving work that was either never done or done at inflated costs.

Bank records show that money was withdrawn from the accounts of the alleged bogus companies in the form of checks and cashiers checks made out to Lisa Kahapea, the court documents said.

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