Accountant sentenced for stealing $866K from businesses

HONOLULU — An accountant has been sentenced 10 years in prison after authorities say he stole $866,000 from four Hawaii businesses.

Hawaii News Now reports 47-year-old Justin Ha was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to 85 counts of theft and forgery.

Ha told the court he stole the money to pay off credit card debt and student loans. The money also funded trips and bills at restaurants, bars and strip clubs. Authorities say he forged 81 checks from 2013 to 2017.

Ha apologized in court to his former employer and the other victims, telling the judge that he accepts “whatever punishment you give me today because I know I deserve it.”

Defense attorney Thomas Otake told the court that Ha had admitted to the thefts before it was investigated.

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Information from: KGMB-TV, http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/

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