Insurance Agent Apologizes for Scamming Elderly ClientsUPDATED 7:34 PM HST Jul 03, 2013Video Transcript
Oahu financial advisor stole tens of thousands of dollars from them. Scott Akashi admitted today to scamming nearly 40 thousand dollars from two senior citizens. KITV 4's Cam Tran reports on WHY he did it. MICHELLE BECKETT, VICTIM'S GRANDAUGHT ER IN: 15:02 YOU STOLE HER INNOCENCE, HER PEACE OF MIND AND HER FEELING OF SECURITY. Michelle Beckett laid into insurance agent Scott Akashi. He swindled her grandmother Lily Ching out of 28-thousand dollars by convincing her to cash out her life insurance policy. The betrayal still stings.. BECKETT IN: 14:43 MY GRANDMOTHER DIDN'T WANT TO BE HERE TODAY BECAUSE SHE DID NOT WANT TO FACE SCOTT AKASHI STANDUP: CAM TRAN IN: 4:10 PROSECUTOR S SAY AKASHI ASKED LILY CHING TO OPEN UP A BANK OF HAWAII ACCOUNT AND AFTER THAT HE WOULD DRIVE HER TO THE BANK TO CASH OUT SOME OF HER CHECKS 4:18 IN: 15:23 YOU FOOLED MY GRANDMOTHER INTO THINKING YOU WERE A GOOD MAN AND THAT YOU HAD HER BEST INTEREST AT HEART 15:30 Akashi used similar tactics on this 90 year old man and bilked 10 thousand dollars from his account. HIROICHI KOZA, SCAMMING VICTIM IN:13:22 I JUST TRUSTED HIM, I DIDN'T KNOW ANYTHING WHAT HIS COMPANY POLICY WAS IF HE DID EXPLAIN I WOULD UNDERSTAND MORE. 13:36 Akashi's defense attorney said his client is a frequent gambler and stole money to pay those debts. SCOTT AKASHI, STOLE MONEY FROM CLIENTS IN:24:40 I WAS HORRIFIED AND DISAPPOINTED AT MYSELF FROM STEALING AND DISGUSTED THAT I PICKED OLDER AND VULNERABLE PEOPLE TO DO IT FROM 24:48 The 32 year plead no contest to 11 counts of theft and was sentenced to 24 days in jail and five years of probation. Michelle Beckett is pleased. BECKETT IN:00:42 IT WAS FAIR, IT WAS WHAT I WANTED. I WANTED SCOTT'S NAME TO BE BROUGHT OT THE PUBLIC FOR HIM TO KNOW THE HURT HE'S CAUSED MY GRANDMA AND MY FAMILY 00:51 Cam Tran, KITV 4 News Akashi's parents paid back both victims for the money their son stole. He could have faced a maximum of 5 years behind bars for each theft count.