HONOLULU — A man who admitted lying about his ability to secure Stevie Wonder for a University of Hawaii fundraising concert said in court documents that he pleaded guilty because he feared prosecutors would reveal his
Marc Hubbard pleaded guilty in 2016 to wire fraud, saying he lied about being able to bring the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer to Hawaii for a concert. In 2012, the university paid a $200,000 deposit, began selling tickets and then learned neither Wonder nor his representatives had authorized a show.
The day before Marc Hubbard was scheduled to be sentenced last month, he filed a sealed motion saying he wanted to withdraw his 2016 guilty plea. A judge postponed the sentencing and has yet to rule on the motion
The motion was unsealed this week at the request of prosecutors and The Associated Press.
Hubbard said he was coerced into pleading guilty to charges that he scammed the university, claiming his family is at risk for mob retaliation.
He offered to
Hubbard is serving a more-than-six-year sentence in that case, where he pleaded guilty in a scam involving victims who invested in concerts.
"Hubbard is apparently dissatisfied with the sentence imposed in his Pennsylvania case," Assistant U.S. Attorney Marc Wallenstein wrote in a court document opposing allowing Hubbard to withdraw his Hawaii plea.
It took Hubbard more than a year to attempt to take back his plea, he noted. "Hubbard's late filing of his motion to withdraw plea is entirely of his own making, and is merely a last-ditch effort to escape responsibility for the crimes that he committed," Wallenstein wrote.
Hubbard's argument that he was coerced is illogical, Wallenstein wrote.
It's not clear when the judge will rule on whether Hubbard can take back his guilty plea.
Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, The Associated Press