BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN – HONOLULU – The attorney for 33-year-old Malia Arciero, a madam who operated her business out of the elite Oahu neighborhood Portlock for about a decade, has filed a motion to drug possession and drug dealing charges against her dismissed.
Arciero, who said her elite escort business offered prostitution services to some of Hawaii’s most prominent law enforcement, politicians and entertainers, was arrested in April 2013, but on charges unrelated to her escort business.
Arciero admitted in an exclusive interview with Hawaii Reporter that she was a prostitute and madam.
As proof of her business operations, she provided two of her five “black books” to Hawaii Reporter, which listed clients’ names, phone numbers, emails and fetishes.
The black books, several inches thick, also included some financial records, hotel contacts and details of her near decade long operation.
Arciero claims she was falsely arrested for drug charges so that Ryan Faulkner, a Special Agent with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement division, could force her to work as his informant.
Arciero has filed a separate civil lawsuit against Faulkner, who she said she has known since childhood.
She accuses him of abusing his authority, taking money and drugs from drug and arms dealers that he arrested, and sexually assaulting her while she was handcuffed at ICE headquarters.
Faulkner, a police officer with the Honolulu Police Department for 10 years before joining Homeland Security Investigations in 2007, told Hawaii Reporter in May that he cannot comment on the case.
A spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement based in California, said: “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) doesn’t comment on pending litigation.”
She said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) places the highest priority on protecting the safety of those it serves. She maintained the agency has strict safeguards and protocols in place –governed by regulation and policy — to ensure the security of its special agents and officers, employees, crime victims, and individuals who come into the agency’s custody.
However, Homeland Security Investigations appears to be investigating Arciero’s claims. Her attorney, Gary Dubin, said she has been interviewed on two separate occasions by out of state investigators from Homeland Security Investigations about her allegations.
Arciero is currently being held in federal prison in Honolulu. Prison officials will not grant media access to her despite numerous requests from Hawaii Reporter.
Dubin said his law firm has filed a motion to dismiss the criminal complaint against Arciero based on “Outrageous Government Conduct and Entrapment, Coercing her confession, and seizing items without probable cause.”
Her evidentiary hearing is set for Oct. 23.