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Woman sentenced in Hawaii’s largest mortgage fraud scheme

Estrellita “Esther” Garo Miguel is going to prison for about four years for running the largest mortgage fraud scheme in Hawaii.

U.S. District Chief Judge Susan Oki Mollway sentenced Miguel Monday to 52 months in prison for wire fraud, making false statements on loan applications, money laundering and conspiring to commit mortgage fraud. She gave Miguel until March 4 to turn herself in to begin serving her sentence. In the meantime, Miguel remains on electronically monitored home detention.

Miguel said she knows what she did is wrong and is sorry for involving her two daughters in the scheme. She asked Mollway for a chance to teach others how to avoid what she did.

She is the first of 14 people who were charged in two separate indictments in August 2010 to get sentenced for their roles in the scheme. Twelve others, including Miguel’s daughters Jennifer Garin Miguel and Geraldine Garin Miguel Lukela, are scheduled to be sentenced in the coming months. Ten others, who were charged separately, are also awaiting sentencing.

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