State evicts God’s Love Mission from Waimanalo
Julius Ah Sam is behind bars awaiting trial on first degree sex assault charges. It has been a year since the head of a religious group was first arrested.
Outside his cell his ministry is crumbling around him.
Homeland Security is investigating his immigration status and the Internal Revenue Service revoked his nonprofit status.
Now, enforcement officers with the State Land and Natural Resources are seizing his lot in Waimanalo.
God's Love Mission was formed in 2003 to share God's love through the media.
It's a non-profit, but it's losing its lease after it stopped paying rent.
"We have a fiduciary duty to take the property back form someone who is non-compliant and non-conforming," said state land director William Aila.
State documents show Ah Sam got into trouble for illegally dumping construction material on the property.
At one point Ah Sam got up to date on his rent, but his tax troubles with the feds and the city proved to be too much.
He now owes the state more than $50,000.
Ah Sam was also illegally subletting the property.
DLNR says there are a total nine structures on the 34-acres parcel, and Tuesday they started tearing them down.
Aila said many were constructed illegally without the state's knowledge.
One remaining holdout was on the property when officers moved in yesterday.
"The brother of the former leasee left without any incident ,so for us it was a successful eviction," Aila said.
Cleanup of the area is expected to take weeks.
The structures were being demolished to prevent squatters from moving in.
That agricultural lease will be up for grabs soon. In the meantime a nearby farmer has offered to maintain the property. State law enforcement officers plan to patrol the area as well.