Honolulu man indicted for fireworks offenses

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – A federal grand jury indicted a Honolulu man Thursday on five charges related to fireworks. 26-year-old Brandon C Haleamau faces three counts of transporting display fireworks without a license, one count of illegally importing fireworks from China and one count of structuring financial transactions to avoid federal reporting requirements.

Prosecutors say in 2007 Haleamau received 278 cases of fireworks without the proper license. Court papers also allege that in December 2008 he attempted to import professional-grade display fireworks from China and falsely declared them to be consumer-grade fireworks. The indictment alleges that he structured over a million dollars worth of financial transactions to evade federal reporting standards.

The indictment seeks to make Haleamau forfeit $345,000 and three cars. His trial is set for October 26. If convicted, he could face ten years on each count of the transportation charges, two years on the illegal importation charge and five years on the financial charge.

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