Date set for Baldwin trial

The Superior Court of Maricopa County, Ariz. yesterday set a trial date for Kaua’i civic leader Gary Baldwin.

According to the court’s online calendar, a “firm” trial date of Jan. 27, 2003 has been scheduled. A pre-trial meeting is set for Jan. 21 in Phoenix.

Baldwin was arrested at his Waipake home on Monday, July 22, on a federal charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. He was taken to Honolulu by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and arraigned in a Honolulu courtroom.

The trial is based on a warrant issued by the State of Arizona for Baldwin’s arrest about 16 years ago in the Phoenix area in Maricopa County, Ariz. for four counts of felony theft and one count of felony fraud.

A Maricopa County sheriff’s report claims the crimes took place in 1984 and involve the alleged misappropriation of over $300,000 from the accounts of a leading Phoenix eye doctor.

Baldwin was head of the Kauai Economic Development Board, former head of the County Planning Commission and Kaua’i’s representative on the Hawaii Tourism Authority Board. He is a close Kaua’i ally of Sen. Daniel Inouye, and has helped develop a growing high-tech industry on Kaua’i. Baldwin continues to work on KEDB projects while awaiting the outcome of his arrest.

During his leadership of the KEDB millions of federal and state tax dollars were awarded to the non-profit economic development organization.


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