U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
District of Hawaii

PJKK Federal Building (808) 541-2850
300 Ala Moana Blvd., Room 6-100 FAX (808) 541-2958
Honolulu, Hawaii 96850

February 9, 2001

For Immediate Release

P R E S S   R E L E A S E

        Steven S. Alm, United States Attorney for the District of Hawaii, announced today that a federal grand jury seated in the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii yesterday returned a superseding indictment which added three charges to an existing indictment against ROBERTA L.K. CABRAL, 42 years old: two (2) counts of federal income tax evasion by the concealment of assets through a Hawaii limited liability company called HONUA GROUP, and one (1) count of failing to file a federal income tax return due for the tax year 1994.

        Specifically, the superseding indictment alleges that ROBERTA L.K. CABRAL, a resident of Honolulu, Hawaii, willfully evaded payment of a total of $114,286.00 of federal income taxes due for the tax years 1992 and 1993. The superseding indictment alleges that CABRAL concealed her involvement in Honua Group through another individual and thereafter established a First Hawaiian Bank checking account to pay her personal expenses.

        Each of the two (2) tax evasion counts is in violation of Title 26, section 7201 of the United States Code, carries a maximum penalty of five (5) years of imprisonment, a $250,000.00 fine and costs of prosecution. The failure to file an income tax return was charged pursuant to Title 26, section 7203 of the United States Code, and carries a maximum penalty of (1) year of imprisonment, a $100,000.00 fine and the costs of prosecution.

        United States Attorney Alm stated that indictments are not evidence of guilt, and that all defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

        This investigation has been conducted by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division, and the prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Marshall H. Silverberg and Trial Attorney Edward E. Groves of the United States Department of Justice, Tax Division, Criminal Enforcement Section.

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