10 Jan 2003

Trial of failed garment company owner told of alleged bribery attempt

4:18 pm on 10 January 2003

There have been allegations of cash bribes against the president of the failed American Samoan garment maker, Daewoosa Samoa, Kil Soo Lee, at his ongoing trial in Honolulu.

The court heard how Lee allegedly tried to bribe the Bank of Hawaii's manager, Brent Schwenke with an envelope of cash back in 1999.

Mr Schwenke testified that Lee and an associate entered his office, took the envelope out of a briefcase, dropped it to the floor, kicked it under his desk and said "this if for you."

Mr Schwenke says he rejected the package and kicked the duo out of his office.

The alleged bribe was an attempt by Lee to get bank approval for a 5-hundred thousand US loan for his troubled garment factory.

Lee is on trial on federal charges of involuntary servitude, extortion, bribery, and making false claims on a loan application.