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Hearing for Waikiki man accused of welfare fraud

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HONOLULU (AP) - A Honolulu man accused of defrauding the government of more than $200,000 in welfare cash payments, food stamps, housing assistance and student tuition aid faces a detention hearing.

A detention hearing is scheduled Tuesday in federal court for Vaughn Sherwood.

A criminal complaint filed in court alleges the 66-year-old Waikiki resident collected government benefits even though he inherited more than $300,000 from his parents and owns a sailboat and a Mercedes Benz car.

The FBI says Sherwood received benefits under stolen identities and his own.

He is being held at the Honolulu Detention Center.

The maximum penalty for government theft is 10 years in prison.

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