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Kaneohe woman indicted in ‘ghost payroll’ scheme

A 57-year-old Kaneohe woman was indicted by a federal grand jury this morning for allegedly attempting to embezzle more than $200,000 from her employer.

Corinne "Nani" Cabral is accused of operating a "ghost payroll" embezzlement scheme. According to court documents, Cabral was employed by the Hana Group, a security guard contractor that does work for the Pearl Harbor Naval Base and others. From January 2005 to April 2011, Cabral was in charge of entering time sheet and payroll data into the company computer system.

An FBI investigation concluded that Cabral placed two associates on the payroll even though they were not employed by the Hana Group, kept two terminated Hana employees on the payroll after they were no longer with the company, and directed the checks from these "salaries" into accounts under her name, that of her minor granddaughter, and that of a personal friend.

Court documents said the company issued 124 paychecks and direct deposits to the four "ghost" payrollers.

Cabral was not arrested but is expected to surrender to the FBI next week prior to her initial appearance in federal court on three counts of wire fraud and one count of mail fraud. Each of the four counts carry a maximum prison term of 20 years.


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