FBI looking for mortgage scam victims

By Jim Mendoza - bio | email

HONOLULU (hawaiiNewsNow) - The FBI is looking for Hawaii victims of a mainland mortgage scam.

An indictment filed in St. Louis, MO, on Monday charged Marien Brown - also known as Marien White - with mail and wire fraud.

She's accused of running a bogus foreclosure rescue service that targeted 87 Hawaii residents who were behind on their mortgage payments.

Brown allegedly demanded fees of $2,000 to $5,000 then pocketed the money.

"We've been able to only make contact with 40 of these Hawaii families so far to find out what their side of the story is. That means there's still 47 Hawaii victims that we've been unable to contact. We want those people to step forward and let us know what happened so we can make this case," FBI Special Agent Tom Simon said.

Brown's companies were called First Financial and First Federal Resource.  If you have information on the case call the FBI's St. Louis office at 314-231-4324.

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