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Maui couple sentenced to one year in prison for Kauai swindle

A Maui couple has been sentenced to one year in prison for swindling 21 people on Kauai out of money in the 1990s by promising rights and benefits under a Hawaiian Kingdom that was to be established.

The Garden Island newspaper reported that Circuit Judge Laurel Loo on Thursday ordered Steven and April Schaefer to report to Kauai Community Correctional Center on Nov. 26. The scam took place on Kauai but the Schaefers now live on Maui.

The couple must pay nearly $34,000 in restitution to their victims.

Victims paid for future land rights and settlements the Hawaiian Kingdom would supposedly reap when it regained control of the islands from the United States. Some bought driver’s licenses and birth certificates.

The couple has lost multiple appeals over the past 13 years.

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