Update: Fugitive in mortgage fraud case denied release before trial

Fugitive in mortgage fraud case hid in the open before being nabbed
McTigue in back of agent's SUV
McTigue in back of agent's SUV

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - UPDATE:  Jennifer McTigue will remain in federal custody until her trial later this month.  In Federal court today, she asked a judge for another bond release so she can prepare her defense.  McTigue is representing herself in the mortgage fraud case.  The judge denied that request.

A wanted fugitive was arrested late Saturday night in Kaimuki.

Jennifer McTigue was wanted by the FBI after she failed to appear for a court meeting and didn't respond to calls.

Agents from the FBI, along with U.S. Marshals and Honolulu Police converged on a Pukalani Place residence off Wilhemina Rise late Saturday night and took McTigue into custody.

"At about eleven o'clock we heard, 'Put your hands up, we're not going to hurt you!' Yelling, yelling for someone to come out," said next door neighbor Courtney Gadis. "We weren't sure who it was."

McTigue and two other alleged co-conspirators were indicted in January of 2014 on 45 counts -- including mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering. The three are accused of acquiring properties from distressed homeowners and falsifying agreements with them to appear as if their loans had been paid off.

Prosecutors say they then sold the properties, raking in more than $3 million. Both Marc Melton and Sakara Blackwell have since pled guilty and have agreed to testify against McTigue at her trial.

Residents in the quiet neighborhood said they noticed McTigue about a week ago.

"(FBI agents) asked me if I've seen her, they showed me a picture," said Ricky De Ponte, who lives across the street. "And sure enough, I've seen her come around because I'm always down here washing my truck."

McTigue stood out in a neighborhood where people know each other -- or at least know familiar faces. Residents also said they noticed her car. The FBI said she was driving a 2004 Honda Pilot.

"When I saw what kind of car she had, I said, 'Yes, I saw that Pilot parked here a couple of days ago, because the parking's kinda tight here, and so everyone knows like, 'Whose car is this?' And 'Whose car is that?'"

Until authorities came to take McTigue into custody, the residents didn't complete realize that she was on the run.

McTigue had attended her Punahou class reunion just days before the FBI says she missed the meeting and turned off her phone.

There was no answer at the home Sunday, where the front gate was locked.

McTigue was taken to the Federal Detention Center. She is scheduled to appear in court Monday to determine the status of her bond.

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