The District of Hawaii‘s U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace charged 11 defendants in federal court docket on racketeering and different prices, together with an indictment towards Michael J Miske Jr., who they allege is accountable for the 2016 kidnapping and homicide of 21-year-old Jonathan Fraser.
Eight of the defendants have been arrested July 15, together with Miske, in keeping with an indictment unsealed by the ATF, IRS, FBI and different companies. Miske and the defendants are being charged on racketeering conspiracy and different offenses involving that the U.S. Lawyer known as the “Miske Enterprise.”
Miske is dealing with 22 prices, three of which might carry the demise penalty.
1. The U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace Is Accusing Miske Of A Homicide-For-Rent Plot
The indictment names Miske, John Stancil, Kaulana Freitas, Lance Bermudez, Dea Han Moon, Preston Kimoto, Harry Kuahi, Norman Akau III, Hunter Wilson and Jarrin Younger.
In a press launch, the U.S. Lawyer’s workplace described the “Miske Enterprise” as:
A sample of racketeering exercise … (which) included acts involving homicide, kidnapping, arson, and theft. It additionally included acts referring to murder-for-hire, chemical weapons, extortionate credit score transactions, racketeering, interference with commerce via theft and extortion, drug trafficking, wire fraud, fraud in reference to identification paperwork, monetary establishment fraud, the Foreign money and International Transactions Reporting Act, cash laundering, and obstruction of justice.
A press launch on the indictment acknowledged that Miske conspired to kidnap and homicide a 21-year-old named Johnathan Fraser who was final seen at his house earlier than he disappeared, in keeping with an FBI poster. Miske is being accused of asking a co-conspirator to develop a plan and value to kidnap and homicide Fraser, organized for Fraser’s important different to go on a “spa day” to make sure Fraser could be alone and purchased a Boston Whaler vessel used to dump Fraser’s physique within the ocean.
Among the others named within the indictment – Stancil, Bermudez, Kuahi and Akau – have been accused of robbing an individual of methamphetamine at gunpoint and Bermudez and Wilson have been accused of one other theft of “managed substances” at gunpoint. Miske, Stancil and Freitas are additionally being accused of releasing a chemical weapon named chloropicrin into two totally different nightclubs in Honolulu, Hawaii. Others named within the indictment have been accused of conspiring to distribute and possess with substances, together with methamphetamine, cocaine, oxycodone and marijuana. Miske can also be being accused of defrauding the Financial institution of Hawaii by utilizing false paperwork on mortgage purposes.
Miske might face the demise penalty if convicted of all counts.
2. Michael J. Miske, Jr., aka “Bro,” Is A Effectively-Identified Businessman
#NEW: FBI arrested Honolulu businessman Michael Miske + 10 others with “racketeering conspiracy and different offenses.”
In 2013 Miske, a nightclub proprietor, allegedly smashed #49ers sort out Trent Williams over the pinnacle with a champagne bottle, protecting him out of the Professional Bowl
— TJ Horgan (@TJHorganTV) July 15, 2020
Miske owns Kamaaina Termite and Pest Resolution and Kamaaina Plumbing and Renovations used to personal the M Nightclub of Honolulu (which closed in Novemnber 2016) and has a number of different firms registered beneath addresses that he owns.
Miske has a prison historical past, in keeping with the Honolulu Civil Beat, which included felony convictions from the 1990s for theft, kidnapping, assault and fraudulent use of a bank card.
In January 2013, Miske was accused of hitting an NFL participant within the head with a champagne bottle on the M Nightclub. Miske was charged with second-degree assault, however the participant didn’t return to Hawaii after the trial. Based on KITV-Four reporter TJ Horgan, that participant was 49ers sort out Trent Williams.
The indictment, in keeping with the press launch, accuses Miske of utilizing his Kamaaina Termite as “headquarters” for prison actions.
3. Miske Is Accused of A Homicide-For-Rent Plot Involving Johnathan Fraser
Shelly Miguel stated it has been a residing hell not realizing what occurred to her son, Johnathan Fraser, 21, after he went lacking Four years in the past. She feels blended feelings listening to Michael Miske Jr. was indicted in connection together with his kidnapping and homicide.https://t.co/FNWenIhR9m
— KHON2 Information (@KHONnews) July 16, 2020
Fraser was shut associates with Miske’s son, Caleb-Jorden Miske-Lee, in keeping with Civil Beat. Miske-Lee and Fraser have been concerned in a automobile accident once they collided with one other automobile in November 2015 and a number of other months later, Miske-Lee succumbed to his accidents March 12, 2016. Miske sued Fraser, together with the driving force of the opposite car and the corporate that owned the car.
Though the lawsuit alleges that Fraser was driving the automobile and Miske-Lee was within the passenger seat on the time of the collision an post-mortem acknowledged that Miske-Lee was discovered pinned within the driver’s seat carrying a seat belt, Civil Beat reported.
Fraser disappeared three months after Miske-Lee died from his accidents.
The indictment accuses Miske of hiring folks to kidnap Fraser from his automobile, kill him and eliminate his physique utilizing a ship bought particularly for that objective; he’s additionally accused of getting an affiliate take Fraser’s important different to a spa to make sure Fraser could be alone.
4. Miske And Others Are Accused of Releasing Chloropicrin Into His Nightclubs
😳 “The indictment even alleges Miske and a number of other associates launched a chemical weapon ― specifically, chloropicrin ― into nightclubs in Honolulu.” https://t.co/ri3AGjMqnP
— mgs (@Megmo808) July 15, 2020
Miske can also be charged with two counts of use of a chemical weapon, which carry the utmost sentence of life in jail, in keeping with the indictment. Miske is accused of utilizing chloropicrin, which is used as a riot management chemical agent, in two of his nightclubs together with co-defendants John Stancil (additionally dealing with two counts) and Kaulana Freitas (who’s dealing with one rely), native information station KHON-2 reported.
Based on the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, chloropicrin causes irritation of the eyes, airways and pores and skin; irritation resulting in coughing, choking and shortness of breath; nausea and vomiting; headache; dizziness, nervousness and fatigue; and different signs.
The indictment states that:
Amongst different issues, members and associates of the Miske Enterprise dedicated and facilitated violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act … by utilizing Vikane, chloropicrin, and different regulated pesticides and chemical compounds in a fashion inconsistent with their labeling. At sure occasions, when the Hawaii Division of Agriculture inquired into attainable violations of FIFRA, members and associates of the Miske Enterprise used false writings and statements, and different fraudulent means, to impair, impede, and frustrate these inquiries.
On or about March 4, 2017 … Michael J. Miske, Jr., John Stancil and Kaulana Freitas … did knowingly use, and did help and induce using … chloropicrin, a poisonous chemical that the defendants didn’t intend to make use of for a peaceable or different lawful functions.
5. Federal Prosecutors Say Miske ‘Wreaked Havoc’
EXCLUSIVE: Three areas the FBI raided this morning as a part of a 22 rely indictment of businessman Mike Miske: Portlock residence, boat & the Kailua residence the place he was arrested. Carrying a hoodie & masks, he ducked behind an agent when he noticed the digital camera. Extra https://t.co/hzKBUas67I pic.twitter.com/vs5BTwO2jt
— Lynn Kawano (@LynnKawano) July 16, 2020
The Hawaii Free Press reported that the arrest across the “Miske Enterprise” concerned dozens of FBI brokers, a SWAT crew from Quantico, Virginia and raided a number of areas, together with Miske’s boat. Miske was arrested at his residence in Kailua and was put right into a automobile destined for the federal detention heart.
Hawaii U.S. Lawyer Kenji Value stated that Miske and his co-defendants “wreaked havoc.” Miske’s lawyer, Tommy Otake, instructed Hawaii Information Now that proving the allegations within the indictment will likely be rather more troublesome in court docket.
Miske is accused of “preserving and defending the ability and monetary earnings of the Miske Enterprise via intimidation, violence, and threats of bodily and financial hurt,” together with utilizing unlawful surveillance, monitoring gadgets, and threats.
You possibly can learn the complete indictment right here.
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