A trip to the courthouse turned into a hospital visit for an Ewa Beach woman after she admitted that she operated a major ponzi scheme.
Suzette Anguay, 50, was taken away from federal court in an ambulance for what emergency officials described as a minor health issue.
About 90 minutes before that, she pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Lesley Kobayashi to running a mail fraud scheme that defrauded 15 local families.
"Suzette Anguay took in $800,000 from her victims," said FBI spokesman Tom Simon.
"She spent the money on personal credit card payments, personal payments and travel."
Investors like Carolyn Jenovia of Aiea said the scam left them financially ruined.
"We're at rock bottom right now. We're about to lose our home and we'll be out in the streets," she said.
According to an indictment filed last year, Anguay promised her victims profits of 15 to 30 percent a year but the investments turned out to be bogus.
Many of the victims were parents of children who participated in Ewa Beach Pop Warner football league, according to Simon.
"When Suzette Anguay told the fellow Pop Warner parents that she could pay them 15 to 30 percent on their investment, they had no idea that she was just lying," Simon said.
Anguay faces up to 20 years and a $250,000 fine. Her sentencing is scheduled for February.