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Hawaii 2012 Trip Update

May 28, 2015

We received this message yesterday and want to share it with you:

We recently received notice that Calliope Ope Saaga, the travel agent for the Willard Band Hawaii Trip 2012, has been incarcerated in Florence, Colorado.  He is not eligible for parole and is currently set to be released November 17, 2019.  At this time, we do not have any information on his order to pay restitution to the participants of the trip.  If another further information is made available to us we will most certainly pass it on to you.

Chris Church

Hawaii Trip 2012 Update

March 16, 2015
On Wednesday, March 12, Calliope Ope Saaga, the travel agent for the Willard Band trip to Hawaii in 2012, received the maximum sentence under the law.  We was sentenced to 60 months in prison, 3 years of probation, and was ordered to repay or make payments on ALL monies back to not only the Willard Band Boosters but also the Band Programs in Fort Smith and West Memphis, Arkansas. His sentencing hearing in Arkansas is scheduled for March 30, 2015.

Willard Band Trip 2012 Participants

March 2, 2015
On Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at 2:30 pm in the Federal Courthouse on John Q Hammons Parkway in Springfield, the Sentencing Hearing will be held for Mr. Ope Calliope Saaga in connection with the Willard Band trip to Hawaii in 2012.  This hearing if open to the public and we encourage you to attend. Please understand that this is not an “open forum” for comments. As promised I will be there to make a statement on behalf of all of the victims in this case.
Chris Church