HONOLULU — A North Carolina man who admitted defrauding the College of Hawaii of $200,000 by mendacity about with the ability to produce a Stevie Surprise fundraiser live performance desires to take again his responsible plea, however a prosecutor stated Thursday he might danger extra jail time if he succeeds and is finally convicted.
Marc Hubbard had been scheduled to be sentenced in federal courtroom in Honolulu Thursday however filed a movement to withdraw his plea a day earlier.
He pleaded responsible in 2016 to wire fraud, saying he lied about his capacity to safe Surprise for a live performance. In 2012, the college paid a $200,000 deposit, started promoting tickets after which realized neither Surprise nor his representatives had licensed a present.
Hundreds of tickets have been refunded, embarrassing the varsity.
Particulars about why Hubbard desires to withdraw his responsible plea weren’t clear as a result of his movement was sealed. Defence lawyer William Harrison in a courtroom listening to alluded to a “coercive nature” of Hubbard’s plea cope with authorities however didn’t present particulars.
Assistant U.S. Lawyer Marc Wallenstein argued that Hubbard shouldn’t be allowed to take again his plea as a result of nothing modified within the yr and 4 months since he accepted the plea deal.
Wallenstein stated a choice by Hubbard to plead not responsible might imply the top of the sentencing deal, which referred to as for him to have his Hawaii sentence served similtaneously a six-and-a-half yr sentence he acquired for the same conviction in Pennsylvania.
Hubbard beneath the plea deal would probably be launched after serving the Pennsylvania sentence, Wallenstein stated, however faces an extra sentence of about six years with out the deal.
“I hope Mr. Hubbard sees the folly of what he’s doing,” Wallenstein stated.
Harrison had requested the decide to shut Thursday’s listening to to the general public, however U.S. District Decide Leslie Kobayashi refused — saying there was no compelling purpose to dam courtroom entry. She stated parts of Hubbard’s plea request may very well be made public sooner or later however instructed Wallenstein to not focus on particulars.
Harrison stated Hubbard believes he now has new proof, which Kobayashi stated he can submit in a contemporary courtroom submitting.
Kobayashi postponed Hubbard’s sentencing and set a listening to for March to debate whether or not he shall be allowed to withdraw his plea.
Doing so shall be an “uphill battle,” she stated.