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Background

Employment History

  • Board Member
    Chubb Group
  • Chairman
    Bank of Honolulu
  • Owner
    Bank of Honolulu
  • Chairman
    Sia
  • Local Attorney
    Sia
  • Insurance Broker
    Sia
  • Insurance Broker
    Marsh & McLennan Companies
  • Insurance Broker
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Education

  • Bachelor's degree
    Chaminade University
Web References
The Saga of Sukamto ...
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The Saga of Sukamto Sia
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Attorney Renton Nip and the former Washington, D.C., law firm Verner Liipfert Bernhard McPherson & Hand must pay the money to Sia's bankruptcy estate, a Singapore bank, casinos that are owed money by Sia and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
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Sia pleaded guilty to federal bankruptcy fraud in 2001 and is in prison in Big Springs, Texas. He was to be released next month but his sentence has been placed in an indefinite status because Sia was recently found in contempt for not complying with a U.S. Bankruptcy Court order.
Sia's bankruptcy trustee Guido Giacometti sued Verner Liipfert and Nip in 2002, saying they "entered into an overarching conspiracy to conceal and divert assets from (Sia's) bankruptcy estate.
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The casino companies, including London Clubs International plc, Aspinall's Club Ltd. and Rio Casino, will get $2.5 million from the settlement, which is not as much as the $12 million in initial claims they filed against Sia's bankruptcy estate .
The suits against Sia's former lawyers will be dismissed and the casinos are waiving their right to seek more money from the bankruptcy estate.
Sia, who once was involved in selling land to the state for the $350 million Hawaii Convention Center , ran into financial problems with creditors in 1998. He filed bankruptcy in Honolulu, claiming he had nearly $300 million in debts and only $9.3 million in assets.
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Giacometti has raised $7.4 million for creditors, and the estate will receive another $1.25 million for its role as receiver for the now-defunctBank of Honolulu, where Sia was once chairman and Nip was a director.
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A local attorney for Sia declined comment yesterday....
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Sia, who is scheduled to be sentenced in two weeks on federal felony charges, was expected to go immediately to a federal detention center, said Mark Recktenwald, an assistant U.S. attorney assigned to the case.
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At the estate, Sia's fiancee Kelly Randall told officers that Sia had slapped her during an argument, police said.
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In October last year, Sia pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud and wire fraud in exchange for the promise of a reduced sentence. However, for the past year, under Ezra's supervision, Sia has been living in California with Randall while awaiting sentencing.
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Sia is set to be sentenced by Ezra on March 21.
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After Ezra made his ruling, Randall kissed Sia on the ear.
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Sia shook hands, waved and said goodbye to his friends, who had packed the courtroom. Several in attendance helped Sia post his $1.5 million bail.
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Sia posed no risk of flight and has always attended his court appearances, Miho said.
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In response, Sia's attorney David Chesnoff pointed out that Sia has never attempted to escape his sentence.
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Bank of Honolulu's former owner, Indonesian developer Sukamto Sia, is scheduled to be sentenced to up to 40 months in federal prison on March 11. Sia, facing multiple federal charges, cut a deal with prosecutors last year and pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud and wire fraud.
Sia's Chapter 7 bankruptcy case is still pending, and Guido Giacometti, the court-appointed bankruptcy trustee, wants to question Sia under oath after the former banker is sentenced. Sia's Chapter 7 bankruptcy case is still pending, and Guido Giacometti, the court-appointed bankruptcy trustee, wants to question Sia under oath after the former banker is sentenced.
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Giacometti has not had a chance to quiz Sia directly since the FBI arrested Sia during a bankruptcy meeting in August 2000.
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In his November 1998 bankruptcy petition, Sia claimed $9.3 million in assets and $296.5 million in debts. Giacometti accused Sia of hiding his wealth and subsequently so did the federal government.
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Sia has since admitted to hiding state tax refunds totaling $757,249.
Giacometti has asked the U.S Bankruptcy Court to order Sia to appear for questioning, following the refusal of Sia's attorney Renton Nip to accept a subpoena on behalf of Sia. Giacometti has asked the U.S Bankruptcy Court to order Sia to appear for questioning, following the refusal of Sia's attorney Renton Nip to accept a subpoena on behalf of Sia.
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Sia to be locked up for holiday
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The entertainer was among several witnesses who came to support Sia at a detention hearing yesterday before Federal Magistrate Barry Kurren.
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The 41-year-old Sia, a citizen of Singapore who lives in Macao, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Wednesday on three counts of bankruptcy fraud.
Federal authorities want him held without bail until the Oct. 31 trial.
The indictment alleges Sia knowingly hid more than $7 million in December of 1997 before filing for bankruptcy in Honolulu in November of 1998. He is also charged with spending nearly $800,000 in state tax returns that should have been paid into his bankruptcy estate .
Dressed in green prison garb and looking a little disheveled, Sia stood before Kurren and asked for his release pending trial.
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But, acting on the request of federal prosecutors, Kurren postponed the hearing until Tuesday and ordered Sia held without bail pending trial next month.
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The question before the court remains whether to hold Sia without bail pending is
Assistant U.S. Attorney Omer Poirier asked for more time to locate a sister-in-law of Sia who allegedly saw a box containing "various identity documents."
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Joining Keleikini in support of Sia at yesterday's hearing were Honolulu attorney Jon Miho , stockbroker Al Souza and Eric Yanagihara, lead trustee of a charitable foundation supported by Sia to benefit Hawaii's children.
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Joining Keleikini in support of Sia at yesterday's hearing were Honolulu attorney Jon Miho , stockbroker Al Souza and Eric Yanagihara, lead trustee of a charitable foundation supported by Sia to benefit Hawaii's children.
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Sia, a former director and major shareholder in Bank of Honolulu , filed for bankruptcy on Nov. 8, 1998 listing $296.4 million in debts and $9.3 million in assets.
The bankruptcy was filed a month after his arrest in Las Vegas on charges of bouncing more than $13 million in checks at several casinos.
Sia has blamed his financial woes on a downturn in the Asian economy.
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Days later, kretek (clove) cigarette magnate Putera Sampoerna launched a bid to take over telecommunications equipment supplier Transmarco , whose biggest shareholder at the time was Sukamto Sia, another Indonesian businessman.
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Atang Latief - Former father-in-law of Sukamto Sia.
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Bank of Honolulu's former chairman, Sukamto Sia, who filed bankruptcy nearly two years ago, awaits trail accused of writing bad checks for gambling debts....
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Bank of Honolulu had been eyed by federal watchdogs since Sia filed for bankruptcy in November 1998.
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Arrested in August, Sia has been place in a halfway house to await trial next month....
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See also: Sukamto Sia
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See also: Molokai Ranch; Sukamto Sia
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The suit, filed last year by the trustee in Sia's pending bankruptcy case, accuses Honolulu lawyer Renton Nip and law firm Verner Liipfert Bernhard McPherson and Hand of aiding and abetting Sia in hiding millions of dollars in assets.
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Sia is serving a federal prison sentence through September 2004 after pleading guilty to bankruptcy fraud and wire fraud in 2001.
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"He was a fugitive from day one, and he never made an appearance," said Craig Nakamura, one of the federal attorneys who prosecuted Sia.
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The federal counts against Sumitro were dropped when Sia reached an agreement with prosecutors in 2001 to plead guilty to bankruptcy fraud and wire fraud, for which Sia received a reduced sentence.
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Sia, 44, is in prison in Lompoc, Calif., and is scheduled for release in September 2004.
Last year, the bankruptcy trustee appointed to investigate Sia's assets, Guido Giacometti , suedNip, Verner Liipfert, Sia and Sumitro in a nine-count lawsuit, alleging they had conspired to hide Sia's assets. Last year, the bankruptcy trustee appoi
David C. Farmer vs. Harmon - Witness SUKAMTO SIA
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SUKAMTO SIA
Address to be determined.
Indonesian investor; founder of Bank of Honolulu; lessee of Bishop Estate commercial properties.
See also: CV05-00030 - Witness: Sukamto Sia
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NEW DISCOVERY (02-04-10): More appearances of bias and undisclosed conflicts of interest between David C. Farmer, Judge Lloyd King, Judge David Ezra, Sukamto Sia, June Jones, Chris Hemmeter, Diane Plotts, Bob Awana, Linda Lingle, etc.
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"GOOGLING FOR SUKAMTO SIA & THE INDONESIAN CONNECTION" - (An Exhibit in CV05-00030 - U.S. Dept of Justice vs Harmon)
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GOOGLING FOR SUKAMTO SIA & THE INDONESIAN CONNECTION
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It's been almost 10 years since Sukamto Sia , the high-rolling former Honolulu bank owner and real estate dealer, filed a $300 million personal bankruptcy ... www.kycbs.net/CV05-00030-Witness-Sia-Sukamto.htm - Cached - Similar -
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5. The Indonesian Connection: The Saga of Sukamto Sia and Kamehameha ...
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Sukamto Sia - the country's largest personal bankruptcy - and the vultures who ate the assets. www.kycbs.net/IndonesianConnection.htm - Cached - Similar -
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February 16, 2009: Latest update on www.kycbs.net . ... http://www.kycbs .net/IndonesianConnection.htm .... Note that Loral's CEO, Bernard Schwartz .... Goldman Sachs, Matsuo Takabuki, Henry Peters, HonFed, Bank of Honolulu, Sukamto Sia, ...
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HARMON - WITNESSES JUNE JONES, SUKAMTO SIA, & DAVID FARMER ...
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www.kycbs .net/CV05-00030-Witness-Chin-Wally.htm - [Cached Version] ... Dee Jay Mailer, Guido Giacometti, Susan Tius, Sukamto Sia, Henry Peters, Richard Wong ...
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Judge David Ezra, Henry Peters, Richard Wong, Milton Holt, Sukamto Sia, Guido Giacometti, ...
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RE: "GOOGLING FOR SUKAMTO SIA & THE INDONESIAN CONNECTION" - (AN EXHIBIT IN CV05-00030 - U.S. DEPT OF JUSTICE VS HARMON)
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NEW DISCOVERY (03/30/09): Undisclosed conflicts of interest between Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, the United States Department of Justice, Office of the U.S. Trustee , Curtis Ching, Carol Muranaka, Guido Giacometti, Susan Tius, Sukamto Sia, Bank of Honolulu, Diane Plotts, Bob Awana, Linda Lingle, Citigroup, Robert Rubin, Bill Clinton , John Waihee, Ben Cayetano, Goldman Sachs, Colbert Matsumoto, Henry Peters , Matsuo Takabuki, Richard Wong, Jeff Stone, Oswald Stender, Gerard Jervis, Lokelani Lindsey, Nathan Aipa, Colleen Wong, Louanne Kam, John Candon, Clifford Laughton , Timothy Johns, Bishop Museum, Nainoa Thompson, Mark Polivka, Judge Eden Elizabeth Hifo (fka Bambi Weil), Judge Lloyd King, Judge Robert Faris, Judge David A. Ezra , Judge Barry Kurren, Mary Lou Woo, James B. Nicholson, David C. Farmer , Steven Guttman, etc.:
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NEW DISCOVERY (05/10/08) - FINANCIAL RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN SUKAMTO SIA , DIANE PLOTTS, LINDA LINGLE, BOB AWANA, AIPAC, HENRY PETERS, LIPPO GROUP, ECHOSTAR, RUPERT MURDOCH, BILL CLINTON, CHINAGATE, ETC:
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It's been almost 10 years since Sukamto Sia , the high-rolling former Honolulu bank owner and real estate dealer, filed a $300 million personal bankruptcy case - and it still hasn't been resolved.
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University of Hawai'i football coach June Jones has asked a federal judge for leniency on behalf of financier Sukamto Sia , suggesting that Sia could give "instructional lectures" at UH as part of his rehabilitation instead of serving prison time for bank fraud .
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Sia will appear before Ezra today for sentencing on bankruptcy and wire fraud convictions. He faces up to 40 months in federal prison and fines of $1.5 million. Earlier this month, his bail was revoked after his involvement in a domestic disturbance in Los Angeles on Feb. 13.
On Tuesday, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Lloyd King found Sia in contempt of court for repeatedly failing to produce financial records to his creditors.
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Asked if the bail revocation or contempt ruling have changed his attitude toward Sia, Jones said, "No, nothing's changed.
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Written on UH stationery, Jones' letter referred to Sia as "SS," and said Sia "could be a great asset to the University of Hawai'i by giving instructional lectures to our students. I make this suggestion as part of a rehabilitation sentence, in lieu of custody time."
Jones also noted that Sia has been involved helping young business people.
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Numerous other friends and associates of Sia also wrote letters of support to Ezra.
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Sia, 41, is a developer, financier and former owner of the Bank of Honolulu , which was seized by federal regulators in October 2000. As part of a plea agreement in the criminal case, Sia admitted defrauding the bank by obtaining illegal loans that went to companies he controlled .
He also admitted improperly cashing two state of Hawai'i tax refund checks worth $757,000 and using some of the proceeds to gamble in Las Vegas and to buy his girlfriend, Kelly Randall, a pair of diamond earrings worth $325,000.
More than a dozen other criminal counts against Sia were dropped in return for his guilty plea .
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Sukamto Sia
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Investor Sukamto Sia has filed for bankruptcy in Honolulu, listing less than $50 million in assets and more than $208 million in debts to banks, investment firms and casinos around the world.
In an unusual step, Sia yesterday filed for personal bankruptcy under Chapter 11 of the U.S. bankruptcy code -- an option usually used in the restructuring of companies. Initial filings show $153.1 million in debts to Asian banks, $27.5 million to Asian securities firms and $27.6 million to casinos in Las Vegas, Paris, London and Melbourne, Australia .
While the case is based in Honolulu, it could involve "ancillary" hearings in other countries because of the numerous foreign creditors, attorneys say.
The bankruptcy will protect Sia from creditors until a reorganization plan is drawn up and approved, a process that could take more than six months.
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Sia, formerly known as Sukarman Sukamto, was arrested last month in Las Vegas on charges of bouncing checks totaling $6 million to the Rio and $2 million to Caesars Palace. He is scheduled to answer the charges in Las Vegas next week.
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Sia, 39, has interests in 10 to 15 companies, most of them in Asia, Gubin said.
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Born in Indonesia, Sia gained an interest in Bank of Honolulu in 1987 when his Indonesian father-in-law, Atang Latief, bought 70 percent of the bank and Sia bought 30 percent .
Latief later sold his interest to Sia.
Sia had been chairman of the bank but was demoted this week by the bank's board of directors following his arrest.
Sia, who was at his Honolulu residence yesterday, will have to live more modestly in the wake of his bankruptcy, Gubin said.
Headlines/Breaking News from Pacific Business News (Honolulu) - bizjournals.com
pacific.bizjournals.com, 11 Oct 2005 [cached]
Federal prosecutors plan to seek six new indictments against developer Sukamto Sia.A hearing for the new charges is scheduled for Oct. 20.Sia is a former Honolulu developer and former chairman of Bank of Honolulu.On Aug. 30, he was indicted for three counts of bankruptcy fraud.
Jones asks judge to be lenient ...
www.kycbs.net, 24 Dec 2008 [cached]
Jones asks judge to be lenient with Sia
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University of Hawai'i football coach June Jones has asked a federal judge for leniency on behalf of financier Sukamto Sia, suggesting that Sia could give "instructional lectures" at UH as part of his rehabilitation instead of serving prison time for bank fraud.
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Sia will appear before Ezra today for sentencing on bankruptcy and wire fraud convictions. He faces up to 40 months in federal prison and fines of $1.5 million. Earlier this month, his bail was revoked after his involvement in a domestic disturbance in Los Angeles on Feb. 13.
On Tuesday, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Lloyd King found Sia in contempt of court for repeatedly failing to produce financial records to his creditors.
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Asked if the bail revocation or contempt ruling have changed his attitude toward Sia, Jones said, "No, nothing's changed."
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Written on UH stationery, Jones' letter referred to Sia as "SS," and said Sia "could be a great asset to the University of Hawai'i by giving instructional lectures to our students. I make this suggestion as part of a rehabilitation sentence, in lieu of custody time."
Jones also noted that Sia has been involved helping young business people.
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Numerous other friends and associates of Sia also wrote letters of support to Ezra.
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Sia, 41, is a developer, financier and former owner of the Bank of Honolulu, which was seized by federal regulators in October 2000. As part of a plea agreement in the criminal case, Sia admitted defrauding the bank by obtaining illegal loans that went to companies he controlled.
He also admitted improperly cashing two state of Hawai'i tax refund checks worth $757,000 and using some of the proceeds to gamble in Las Vegas and to buy his girlfriend, Kelly Randall, a pair of diamond earrings worth $325,000.
More than a dozen other criminal counts against Sia were dropped in return for his guilty plea.
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