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Former embattled lawmaker testifies at Otsuka forgery trial

Lisa-Katharine Otsuka Lisa-Katharine Otsuka

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - She's a former embattled state lawmaker who was bounced from office after her criminal convictions for writing bad checks surfaced. On Thursday, former Rep. Beverly Harbin took the witness stand at another woman's forgery and theft trial.

Lisa-Katharine Otsuka is accused of stealing from Harbin's car service and repair business when she worked there in 1999. Prosecutors say the former beauty queen, who was a bookkeeper, wrote more than $12,000 in company checks to herself.

Otsuka previously gained notoriety when she refused to testify before an Oahu grand jury investigating former Mayor Jeremy Harris' campaign spending.

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