Friday, April 22, 2011
Second Global Horizons defendant to plead guilty in Hawaii human trafficking case
by Larry Geller
A second defendant in the criminal case against employees of Global Horizons has changed his pleas from not guilty to guilty. Shane Germann’s motion to withdraw his not guilty plea and to enter a new plea will be heard on May 4, 2011 at 09:45 a.m. before Judge Susan Oki Mollway at the federal courthouse in Honolulu.
According to the indictment filed in September 2010:
Defendant SHANE GERMANN was employed by GLOBAL both as an onsite manager at farms utilizing H2A guest workers supplied by GLOBAL, and as a regional supervisor for Hawaii farms. GERMANN was directly supervised by Defendants MORDECHAI ORIAN and PRANEE TUBCHUMPOL.
Earlier, defendant Bruce Schwartz withdrew his not guilty plea and is scheduled to be sentenced on September 12 by Judge Mollway.
The two reversals, and the information that they will likely provide to the Department of Justice, are likely to strengthen the government’s case against other defendants including Global Horizons CEO Mordechai Orian.
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