Text messages implicate Higa in federal embezzlement case

  • Hanalei Aipoalani

  • Stacy Higa speaks with FBI agents in the background as an agent keeps the media at bay during an Oct. 8 federal raid on Na Leo TV in Hilo. (Nancy Cook Lauer/West Hawaii Today)

  • FBI agents search vehicles during an Oct. 8 raid on Na Leo TV in Hilo. (Nancy Cook Lauer/West Hawaii Today)

Text messages between Stacy Higa and a former associate who pleaded guilty to a scheme to embezzle $600,000 in federal coronavirus relief funds show Higa allegedly offering to teach the associate how to “launder money” and “funnel cash.”