Dramatic moment The CEO of a Hawaiian glass-bottom boat is caught by US marshals trying to escape
The CEO of a Hawaii shipbuilding company, Curtiss E. Jackson, 70, was arrested trying to flee the island of Oahu in a fully fueled boat loaded with groceries and about $30,000 in cash.
Jackson was arrested last month, December 24, on suspicion of defrauding semi-sub-investors of more than 400 investors out of about $30 million with the help of his business partner and wife Jamey Denise Jackson, 59.
He is accused of misusing a sizable chunk of the millions he raised from investors for his semi-clear bottom boat project, but instead using the money for personal luxuries.
Images by Star Advertiser photographer Cindy Ellen Russell show him being escorted from his own boat with his hands tied behind his back while being marched by two armed federal marshals and members of the US Coast Guard.
Curtiss E. Jackson, 70, was arrested by US Marshals after the US Coast Guard impounded his ship Semisub One
Federal authorities on Friday arrested the fugitive owner of an embattled Hawaiian shipbuilding company who tried to flee Hawaii on his boat before his hearing
Jackson was considered a fugitive after attempting to flee but was forced to return by the Coast Guard. Jackson, who is charged with securities fraud, fled by boat on Wednesday but was arrested on Friday
Curtiss E. Jackson, 70, of Honolulu, was taken into custody on suspicion of defrauding Semisub investors. of nearly $30 million
He faced federal charges for securities fraud, mail fraud, and wire fraud, each carrying a maximum sentence of 20 years.
On Jan. 4, the federal investigative agency, Pretrial Services, received a tip that Jackson was planning to flee his trial and alerted US Marshals and the US Coast Guard.
Federal officials rushed to the port to stop Jackson from sailing, but when they arrived they found both the boat and Jackson missing, according to Hawaii News Now.
An arrest warrant was issued for him and he was considered a fugitive after marshals discovered Jackson’s blank slip in Honolulu.
The marshals enlisted the help of the US Coast Guard Investigative Service and the Office of Law Enforcement of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to locate the boat.
Jackson was arrested Friday morning after he was forced to return to Oahu and dock there to seek help over a problem with his rickety boat.
But after fixing the problem, he decided to try again and escape.
Authorities finally caught up with him and his boat early Friday morning and brought him back to shore.
He was taken into custody and returned to Oahu without incident, where he is now being held in federal prison in Honolulu awaiting court appearance.
Jackson on his boat with his hands tied after the ship was impounded by the Coast Guard
Jackson was originally arrested on December 24, 2022 on federal charges related to securities fraud, mail fraud and wire fraud. He was then released pending his court date but appeared to be making an attempt to feel the island nation
“Brother-man took that boat out on his own, not really knowing how to drive a boat, let alone not knowing how to operate the GPS,” Kalahele, a Coast Guard-certified captain, told the Star Advertisers.
“He just couldn’t understand where he was in relation to where he needed to be,” Kalahele said. ‘He was on the other side, around the corner, on the Barbers Point side; but he thought he was off the south coast, but he was more to the west. He was a little lost.
“I was a bit nervous,” Kalahele said. ‘After a long night we finally made it.’
One of the boat’s two engines malfunctioned and the boat was on board the ship said to be littered with junk, tools, and several pink polo shirts for a nonexistent crew.
Five bags of whole-food bagels, assorted canned goods, ketchup and two boxes of creme sandwich cookies, as well as 12 packets of Maruchan Instant Ramen and Cup of Noodles are said to have been on the boar’s upper deck
One of the boat’s two engines malfunctioned and garbage, tools and several pink polo shirts for a non-existent crew were said to have been strewn on board the vessel
As for supplies for his voyage to nowhere, the captain’s wheelhouse contained 400 “classic mellow” American Spirit cigarettes, half a dozen containers of Whole Foods organic cinnamon applesauce, three apple bananas, and a bag of clementines.
On the top deck were five bags of whole-food bagels, assorted canned goods, ketchup, and two boxes of cream sandwich cookies, along with 12 packs of Maruchan instant ramen and Cup of Noodles.
In the bathroom there was a toothbrush, a disposable razor, a plastic comb and a washcloth.
“That really caught our eye, you know. We’ve never had to fetch anyone at sea. He was alone and had no direction,” officials involved with Jackson’s capture told KOIN.
Jackson and his wife Jamey Denise Jackson have been accused of selling securities to investors with promises to build a fleet of tourist boats.
After sailing back to sea, Jackson was found and arrested for violating the terms of his pre-trial release
The alleged scheme took place over the course of a decade during which they were raising money for a prototype boat with a partially transparent hull for marine life observation.
The couple constantly tried to reassure investors that their prototype ship would launch very soon.
But it all appears to have been just part of the ruse, and the couple instead reportedly misappropriated a significant chunk of the money for their own gain, using the money to pay for personal expenses like luxury homes, expensive psychic vacations, and marijuana highs -End cars, including a Mercedes-Benz and personal credit card bills, the DoJ wrote.
Jackson was previously released on $50,000 bail in October on strict conditions that he remain on Oahu, not contact anyone involved in the case, not use drugs, and observe a curfew.
However, prosecutors had attempted to arrest Jackson before his trial, fearing he might flee and pose a risk to his wife and investors, as he had already violated the terms of his release by soliciting money from investors and his son had attacked.
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