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“The Mortgage Store”
Owners Indicted for Alleged Ponzi Scheme

Updated 12:29 PM HST, May 24, 2013
Posted 09:18 AM HST, May 24, 2013
File photo by Wendy Osher.

File photo by Wendy Osher.

By Maui Now Staff

Two former Maui residents were indicted for operating an alleged pyramid or Ponzi scheme on the island that spanned more than five years.

The 17 count indictment was handed down by a federal grand jury yesterday against George Lindell, 65, and his daughter, Holly Hoaeae, 39.

According to Justice Department documents, the indictment charges the two with 13 mail fraud and three wire fraud violations, and one count of money laundering conspiracy.

Each count, authorities say, carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison if convicted.

Justice Department officials say the indictment alleges the two used funds gained, in part, on the construction of a home in Lahaina, the purchase of a luxury car, payment of debt on a truck loan, and payment for a safari in New Zealand.

US Attorney for the District of Hawaii, Florence Nakakuni explained how the alleged Ponzi scheme worked in a media statement saying,

Holly Hoaeae. Image formerly used in The Mortgage Store marketing materials.

Holly Hoaeae. Image formerly used in The Mortgage Store marketing materials.

“According to the indictment, Lindell and Hoaeae, neither of whom was licensed by the State of Hawaiʻi to accept deposits or investments, induced others to invest funds with them in an investment described by Lindell and Hoaeae as “The Parking Lot,” where investors could earn between six and 8% return on their investment, but instead of investing the funds into safe holdings such as bonds, as represented, the defendants used the funds for their personal needs.”

Nakakuni continued saying the indictment further alleges that,

“Lindell and Hoaeae refinanced investors’ personal residences through their business “The Mortgage Store” for amounts well above the existing mortgages against those properties; induced clients to invest the equity drawn from their personal homes with them; and then used it on personal expenditures.”

The indictment seeks a forfeiture of various property assets including up to $8.6 million, which Justice Department officials say represented the total amount of proceeds allegedly obtained through the scheme.

***Supporting information courtesy US Department of Justice.

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  • I smell many rats

    premier mortgage and now these guys………..who’s next? there are plenty out there…….you’ll see the rats scattering
    the image keepers are having a harder time making the payments on the leases

    • eoe

      The entire real estate industry is in reality one big Ponzi scheme, a rigged game full of scam artists and shysters.

  • Robbed

    I hope they get every single day behind bars!!! Well deserved! Over 100 local people were directly affected.

  • Maui_Mike

    I agree, they deserve very long prison sentences, apparently they were lacking a conscience and any type of moral compass.

  • Jas

    Trust people with your money and look what happens. PONZI: Using other peoples’ money and not your own to get the things that you want!!! Wasn’t there that local Japanese guy who got busted for the same thing not long ago and is now behind bars? His name is on the tip of my tongue…………..

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