BY JIM DOOLEY – Marc Hubbard, the North Carolina man accused of defrauding the University of Hawaii of $200,000, appeared in Charlotte federal court this morning and is scheduled to fly to Hawaii for a court hearing next week.
Hubbard, 44, was allowed to post an unsecured $100,000 bond and agreed to home detention and GPS monitoring this week in North Carolina, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Charlotte.
Two attorneys listed in federal court papers as representing Hubbard in Charlotte did not immediately respond to requests for comment this morning.
Special Agent Tom Simon of the FBI office here said Hubbard has agreed to voluntarily fly to Hawaii for an initial appearance in court next week. No date for that hearing has been set.
Hubbard is alleged to have been a key figure in UH’s failed efforts this summer to stage a fundraiser concert by singer/songwriter Stevie Wonder.
The university paid a $200,000 deposit for that that event to a Miami entertainment promoter, Sean Barriero, who said he was working with Hubbard on the Wonder concert.
The money disappeared and the fundraiser was cancelled after Wonder’s agents told UH he was not involved in the event.
Barriero, 44, pleaded guilty last week to illegal transportation of stolen money and is cooperating with federal authorities in the ongoing investigation of Hubbard, and entertainment promoter and nightclub operator based in Charlotte.
State and federal court records reveal that Hubbard has a lengthy criminal history and and has repeatedly been accused of fraud in criminal and civil court cases.
Hubbard pleaded guilty to wire and postal fraud charges in Charlotte federal court in 1995, records show.
He was sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to pay $9,000 in restitution in that case. Another charge of bank fraud was dismissed.
A civil rights suit Hubbard filed against police in Charlotte Mecklenburg County was thrown out of federal court in 2010.
In that case, Hubbard accused local authorities of subjecting him to a long campaign of harassment, including raids and searches of Club Deep, a “private club” he operated in Mecklenburg County.
Authorities in that case cited numerous other violations of liquor laws and “dance hall ordinances” at a series of other clubs he operated, including “Club Onyx, Club Vegas, Ice 2K, Club Fusion, Club Dimensions, The Underground, Club Deep Oros and three Clubs Matrix.”
County officials also noted that securities regulators in five states had filed “cease and desist orders” against Hubbard and his company, Sports Dimensions Inc., for making false and misleading statements in the sale unregistered securities.
Hubbard is also facing criminal charges brought against him last month in South Carolina for an alleged fraud in the sale of $700,000 worth of investments in a phony concert venture involving entertainer Alicia Keys.
South Carolina regulators said entertainer Keys had no association with Hubbard, who has filed personal and corporate bankruptcies in North Carolina.
The Internal Revenue Service filed tax liens against Hubbard totaling $747,000 in 2008 and 2009.