Mirikitani Gets 4 Years In Prison

Published: Dec. 6, 2001 at 9:30 PM HST|Updated: Apr. 12, 2011 at 6:28 PM HST
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Andy Mirikitani kept quiet throughout Thursday's proceedings. He won't have to pay any fines because the judge believes he doesn't have the money to cover any severe financial penalties. He will spend more than four years behind bars.

He used a kickback scheme to steal thousands of dollars from the city. Now, Mirikitani will pay for his crimes.

"Mr. Mirikitani arrogantly manipulated the public trust and he got a sentence of over four years today," said Assistant U.S. Attorney, Michael Seabright.

Mirikitani's sentence, four years three months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release. He must also pay back the money he stole.

"For whatever force that drove him, and it appeared to be financial, he engaged in a gross abuse of the public trust," added the attorney.

Mirikitani's wife and co-defendant will spend slightly less than two years in prison followed by three years of supervised release. She must help Mirikitani pay back the city.

"They in fact never intended to stand up and admit what they did was wrong and apologize to the public and they still haven't to this day."

Federal prosecutors hope Mirikitani's fate holds a lesson for other public officials.

"We hope that others will stand up and look at that and pay close attention to it."

The jurors who judged Mirikitani's guilt share those sentiments.

"Most times when these kinds of crimes happen, they don't punish the people very hard. It's not a deterrent for sure," said juror Missy Sato.

"He broke the public's trust. They're always wondering why the public doesn't like government officials, well this is the reason because we can't trust them all the time."

Mirikitani will remain free until he is required to surrender himself to federal authorities on January 17th a practice not uncommon in these types of white collar cases.