Waikiki man pleads guilty in welfare fraud case

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A Waikiki man with a Mercedes-Benz, sailboat and an inheritance is pleading guilty to stealing food stamps and other government benefits.

Kevin Halverson, who also goes by the name Vaughn Sherwood, pleaded guilty Thursday additional charges of identity theft and possessing a firearm that he wasn't allowed to have because he's a convicted felon.

Halverson says he used various identities to illegally receive benefits such as medical care and student tuition assistance.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald Johnson says Halverson didn't tell the state he inherited more than $300,000 when his parents died, which would have made him ineligible for public assistance.

Defense attorney Marcus Sierra has said Halverson lived in a "little, dingy apartment," not in luxury. Sierra says the car and boat are old.

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