Hearing postponed for Waikiki man accused of welfare fraud

 UPDATED 3:12 PM HST Oct 22, 2013
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A detention hearing has been postponed for a Honolulu man accused of defrauding the government of more than $200,000 in welfare cash payments, food stamps, housing assistance and student tuition aid.

Vaughn Sherwood's detention hearing that was scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed until Thursday.

A criminal complaint filed in court alleges the 66-year-old Waikiki resident collected government benefits even though he inherited more than $300,000 from his parents and owned a sailboat and a Mercedes Benz car.

The FBI says Sherwood received benefits under stolen identities and his own.
He is being held at the Honolulu Detention Center.

Defense attorney Marcus Sierra says he doesn't want to comment before the detention hearing.

The maximum penalty for government theft is 10 years in prison.

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