Manhunt Intensifies for Hawai’i Fugitive Couple

July 30, 2012, 3:23 PM HST · Updated July 31, 4:50 PM
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John Michael Dimitrion, 34, is described as 5’7” tall, 200 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He is known to have expensive tastes in sports cars, clothing and jewelry, according to the FBI. He is an enthusiast for high-end personal electronics and falsely claims to be an expert in international high finance, FBI authorities state. Julianne Baldueza Dimitrion, 32, is described as 4’11” tall, 170 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. During the fraud investigation, the FBI noted that she spent tens-of-thousands of dollars on lingerie from expensive boutiques and sought to declare the items as a “business expense” on her taxes, said FBI officials. Photo courtesy FBI.

By Wendy Osher

The FBI manhunt has intensified for a fugitive couple accused of bilking multiple O’ahu families out of money to fund their own lavish lifestyles, according to authorities.

Husband and wife, John and Julieanne Dimitrion, will be featured this week on the world premier of the new CNBC program, “American Greed: The Fugitives.”

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to their capture, authorities said.

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In April 2009, the Dimitrion’s pleaded guilty to operating a fraud scheme in which distressed homeowners relinquished their homes with the promise of an improved financial situation, authorities said.

The couple was scheduled to be sentenced in Honolulu US District Court on Tuesday July 6, 2010, but they failed to appear at the sentencing.  Warrants were issued for their arrest, and an FBI fugitive manhunt continues.

FBI officials say the Dimitrion’s were last seen by witnesses on Friday July 2, 2010 at church services in Mililani.

According to local FBI officials, the agency suspects the couple joined a domestic extremist group affiliated with the Sovereign Citizen Movement who arranged for the couple to be flown to the US mainland on a private jet to escape justice.

They were last known to have been hiding in Alabama in 2011. Their current whereabouts are unknown.

The Dimitrion episode of “American Greed: The Fugitives” titled, “Mr. & Mrs. Mortgage Fraud”, will air on CNBC on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 6 p.m. HST; and on Sunday, August 5, 2012 at 4 p.m., and 7 p.m. HST.

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