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Honolulu realtor accused of bank fraud

Scott Kamiya Scott Kamiya

By Jim Mendoza - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court Tuesday alleges realtor Scott S. Kamiya committed bank fraud and embezzled money from a trust he worked for as a bookkeeper.

On his blog site, Kamiya uses words like "honesty" and "integrity" as traits of a top performer.

But the complaint said he was dishonest in other dealings.

The U.S. Attorney's Office accuses Kamiya of embezzling $284,101.85 between 2005 and 2009. The money and credits came from First Hawaiian Bank and Central Pacific Bank.

Kamiya also worked as a bookkeeper for a private trust. The court filing said he altered checks and forged signatures to steal money from the trust and deposit it into his own accounts.

The complaint said he used some of the money to pay bills from businesses he owns.

Kamiya has sold real estate since 1998, serving on the board of the Board of Realtors and working on political campaigns.

We telephoned him a for a comment on the criminal complaint but our calls were not returned.

But in a statement to Hawaii News Now, Kamiya's attorney Blake Okimoto said his client is "taking responsibility for this. He has made partial restitution and will continue those efforts."

Okimoto said Kamiya has made a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office. He has a court appearance scheduled for July 26.

Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties president Chason Ishii issued the following statement:

"We are not aware of the specific legal actions brought against Scott Kamiya, yet we are actively looking into the matter. In the meantime, effective immediately, Scott Kamiya has voluntarily placed his real estate license on inactive status. His clients are being seamlessly transferred to other Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties agents for handling. He currently does not have any active transactions."

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