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Former PKF managing partner pleads not guilty

Patrick Oki (right) with attorney Richard Sing (left) Patrick Oki (right) with attorney Richard Sing (left)
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A well known accountant accused of money laundering and theft will remain free on bond while awaiting trial in a high profile white collar crime case.

Patrick Oki, the former managing partner of accounting firm PKF Pacific Hawaii, pleaded not guilty in court Thursday to 13 felony charges for allegedly bilking about $500,000 from the company over a three year period.

Circuit Court Judge Karen Ahn granted the state's request to order Oki from having any contact with his four former partners who left the company and alerted authorities.

Oki was arrested Easter Sunday at Honolulu International Airport when he returned from a trip to South Korea. He has also been ordered to surrender his passport, not leave Oahu, and waived extradition.

The prosecutor says the case involved a year's worth of dedicated police work that resulted in 50,000 pages of evidence that the defense will soon get a chance to look at.

"It's substantial, voluminous, compelling evidence and I think once they have a chance to review that, the matter can be resolved," said Deputy Prosecutor Christopher Van Marter.

The prosecutor says Oki is the only employee of PKF accused of any wrong doing. Oki was indicted on four counts of theft, 3 counts of money laundering, 2 counts of unauthorized use of a computer and 4 counts of forgery in the second degree.

"We've only received the barest of allegations against Mr. Oki at this time. The one thing we are confident of is that there are no allegations of inlury of criminal conduct against the clients of PKF," said Defense Attorney Richard Sing.

Trial is expected to begin in mid-June. If convicted, Oki could face up to 20 years in prison.

He remains free on $250,000 bail.

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