Maui couple pleads guilty to involvement in scheming over $2.5 million from 20 investors

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A married couple pled guilty in federal court for being involved in a multi-million dollar investment fraud scheme on Wednesday, July 3.

Neil Kauhi, 51, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud. Kauhi faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.

His wife, Lyndie Kauhi, 49, pleaded guilty to one count of misprision of a felony. She faces a maximum term of imprisonment of three years.

Both Lyndie and Neil Kauhi are detained without bail until their sentencing on October 17, 2019.

According to court documents Neil executed an investment fraud scheme involving 20 victims between October 2012 and April 2018.

He took in more than $2.5 million by promising these victims that their money would be invested in precious metals, real estate, a trucking company, and a solar energy company.

Instead of doing what was promised, he diverted most of the money to his and his family’s own personal use, such as travel, rent and utilities, restaurants, vehicles, retail purchases, entertainment, and a daughter’s wedding, as well as into other unauthorized investments.

According to court documents, Lyndie Kauhi knew about her husband’s investment fraud scheme, but she did not report it to federal authorities.

Instead, she took steps to conceal the fraud scheme, by among other things, depositing and transferring victims’ funds into the Kauhi’s personal bank accounts.

When interviewed on November 8, 2017, by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Lyndie Kauhi made misleading statements and material omissions about the fraud scheme.

As part of their plea agreement, both Lyndie and Neil Kauhi have agreed to pay restitution for the fraud losses to victims.

Neil Kauhi has also agreed to a forfeiture money judgment of $2,981,191.64.

Federal authorities have already seized approximately $581,618.51 in funds in connection with the sale of real property associated with Neil Kauhi.

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