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CASE NAME:United States v. Lueleni Fetongi Maka
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Lueleni Fetongi Maka
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DOCKET NUMBER:06-10339
SOURCE:Lexis Search, News Article
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Judge
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Susan Oki Mollway
YEAR OF ARREST:2003
YEAR OF VERDICT:2004
TYPE OF COURT:Federal Court
STATE:Hawaii
FEDERAL DISTRICT:District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:7 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Male
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Tonga
METHOD OF ENTRY INTO THE U.S.:Fraud - use of valid passports belonging to others
WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):1
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Labor
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Agricultural Industry
FIRST CHARGE:Trafficking with respect to peonage, slavery, involuntary servitude, or forced labor (Counts 1 to 6)
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC 1590; 18 USC 1594
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
FIRST CHARGE SENTENCE:240 months (Counts 1 - 6 and 12 - 17, to run concurrently with each other)
SECOND CHARGE:Unlawful conduct with respect to documents in furtherance of trafficking, peonage, slavery, involuntary servitude, or forced labor (Counts 7 to 8, and 11)
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC 1592
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
SECOND CHARGE SENTENCE:60 months (Counts 7, 8, and 11, to run concurrently with each other and all other counts)
THIRD CHARGE:Sale into Involuntary Servitude (Counts 12 to 17)
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC 1584; 18 USC 1594
THIRD CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
THIRD CHARGE SENTENCE:240 months (Counts 1 - 6 and 12 - 17, to run concurrently with each other)
FOURTH CHARGE:Bringing In and Harboring Certain Aliens (Counts 24 to 29)
FOURTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC 1324(a)(2)(B)(ii)
FOURTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
FOURTH CHARGE SENTENCE:72 months (Counts 24 - 29 and 30 - 36, to run concurrently with each other and with Counts 7, 8 and 11, but consecutively to Counts 1 - 6 and 12 - 17)
FIFTH CHARGE:Bringing In and Harboring Certain Aliens (Counts 30 to 36)
FIFTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC 1324(a)(1)(A)(iii)
FIFTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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APPEAL:Yes
EXPLANATION OF APPEAL:Appealed Conviction, Appealed Sentence
APPELLATE OPINION CITATION:237 Fed. Appx. 225 (9th Cir. Haw. 2007) <br>283 Fed. Appx. 547 (9th Cir. Haw. 2008) <br>2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 60823 (D. Haw. Aug. 8, 2008)
HOLDING OF APPEALS COURT:Affirm in Part and Remand in Part
APPEAL STILL PENDING?:No
SUMMARY:Defendant had smuggled about seven men from Tonga and forced them to work in his pig-farming and landscaping businesses for little and sometimes no pay. The men lived in shacks, were not given adequate food, and were beaten as punishment. Defendant also lied to the victims and told them that he had gotten them adequate visas, but in reality, had not.
Approval Status:Approved
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