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Former bookkeeper of Maui nursery sentenced to 43 months of prison after pleading guilty to wire fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Hawaii

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Thelma Pascua-Suyat, 64, of Maui, Hawaii, was sentenced today in federal court by Senior United States District Judge Susan Oki Mollway to 43 months of imprisonment for wire fraud. As part of her sentence, Pascua-Suyat must serve three years of supervised release, and pay $1,167,895.47 in restitution.

U.S. Attorney for the District of Hawaii Kenji M. Price announced that, according to court documents and information presented in court, from 2008 to 2016, Pascua-Suyat used her position as the bookkeeper for Ki-Hana Nursery, a Maui County nursery business, to falsify electronic bookkeeping records and steal over $1.3 million dollars from the Nursery. Pascua-Suyat’s scheme to defraud Ki-Hana Nursery lasted over the course of 7 years and that during that time she used the funds of Ki-Hana to pay over $1 million dollars in personal credit card debt and to make over $65,000 in payments on her home mortgage.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ken Sorenson.


Ashley Mah Edwards

Updated September 30, 2019

Financial Fraud