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Wife of ex-Oahu prison guard found guilty of bankruptcy fraud


The wife of a former Oahu prison guard has been found guilty of bankruptcy fraud.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Hawaii says a jury found Michelle Malufau guilty Tuesday after a four-day trial and less than an hour of deliberation. The 47-year-old from Laie is convicted of making false statements on documents and lying under oath in a 2011 bankruptcy proceeding.

Prosecutors say she concealed assets including a North Sore Oahu home, a bank account and rental income while clearing more than $1 million of debt by filing for bankruptcy.

She faces up to five years in prison on each charge when she’s sentenced on Feb. 27.

Her husband is a former guard at Halawa Correctional Facility accused in a federal racketeering indictment of taking bribes.

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