Felina Salinas, charged with cash smuggling, being monitored after judge reverses ruling
HAWAII — An update in the Hawaii case of Felina Salinas, a Filipina woman charged with cash smuggling earlier this year. Salinas is once again under curfew and must wear a GPS monitoring device.
On September 27th, Judge Leslie Kobayashi reversed another judge’s September 12th ruling that allowed Salinas to move freely.
Salinas, the business manager of Filipino televangelist Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, was arrested on February 13th after customs agents found over $350,000 U.S. dollars hidden in a suitcase.
Salinas was with Quiboloy, the founder of the Philippine mega-church Kingdom of Jesus Christ, and two other passengers on board a private jet in Honolulu, when customs agents inspected the plane.
Salinas’ lawyer Michael Green told us recently that Salinas admitted to owning the suitcase, but she had no idea how the money got in her suitcase.
Green argued that despite Salinas’ financial resources, she lives a simple life in Hawaii and is not a flight risk.
The government filed an appeal to the Sept 12th ruling that has been kept sealed.
Salinas must now abide to the initial condition of her bail release. She is under curfew and must wear a GPS ankle bracelet and must not go near any ports.