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 21, 2001

For Immediate Release

P R E S S   R E L E A S E

        United States Attorney Steven S. Alm announced that a federal grand jury returned a two count indictment today charging Honolulu attorney Edward M. Tsuji, 45, with unlawfully structuring transactions with financial institutions in 1996 to evade Internal Revenue Service currency reporting requirements.

        If convicted, the defendant would face a maximum punishment of five years, imprisonment, and a fine of up to $250,000 for each count. The length of the terms of imprisonment actually imposed are also determined by the federal Sentencing Guidelines.

        United States Attorney Alm cautioned that an indictment is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

        The indictments were the result of an investigation conducted by the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas Muehleck.

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