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Former Office of Hawaiian Affairs aide indicted by federal grand jury for wire fraud and money laundering

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Former Office of Hawaiian Affairs aide indicted by federal grand jury for wire fraud and money laundering

A former Office of Hawaiian Affairs aide was indicted today by a federal grand jury for wire fraud and money laundering.

34-year-old Paul Harleman is alleged to be involved in two fraud schemes while working as a bookkeeper. 

In the first scheme between July 2018 to May 2020, he allegedly formed a company with a name almost identical to one of his client's vendors, then charged the client’s credit card for more than $146,000 in fraudulent invoices.

The second scheme, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, he allegedly transferred more than $1 million disguised as payroll from two of his clients to a company he created. 

Agents with Homeland Security Investigations arrested Harleman in April at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport as he was boarding an international flight.

Harleman also previously served as a minority budget director for the Hawaii State Senate.

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