3 indicted in Hawaii mortgage debt scheme

HONOLULU (AP) – Federal prosecutors in Honolulu say three people were indicted in a real estate scheme that resulted in $3.3 million in property sales based on fake claims of paying off more than $4.5 million in mortgage debt.

U.S Attorney Florence Nakakuni in Hawaii said Wednesday that the scheme involved filing false forms with the state Bureau of Conveyances indicating that the mortgages had been paid.

FBI spokesman Tom Simon says two suspects, 46-year-old Jennifer McTigue and 38-year-old Sakara Blackwell, were arrested at their separate homes in Honolulu on Wednesday. Simon says 43-year-old Marc Melton was arrested in Sacramento, Calif.

McTigue and Blackwell appeared at an arraignment in Honolulu on Wednesday.

Nakakuni says charges include wire fraud and money laundering.