Neighbors say fugitive hid in plain sight from FBI

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A fugitive is now in federal custody after the FBI caught Jennifer McTigue at a home on Pukalani Place in Kaimuki late Saturday night.

McTigue is suspected of fraud in a $3 million real estate scheme. Last year, a federal grand jury indicted McTigue on criminal charges relating to the scheme to defraud new homeowners, title companies and banks in a complex real estate investment scam.

She was out on bond awaiting a federal trial scheduled for July 20, but authorities said she didn’t report to her pretrial services officer.

Before McTigue’s arrest, the FBI received and investigated dozens of tips.

Neighbors of the house on Pukulani Place told KHON2 News that they saw McTigue several times outdoors and some even talked to her.

One of them said that she was friendly, that “she was in the neighborhood and these are her good friends… and she stopped by and talk story with them.”

One of them said that, when the FBI came to the house, “she was just asking for a warrant. She was like ‘You know, you guys can’t take me if you don’t have a warrant. I need to see a warrant for you to arrest me.'”

Ricky De Ponte lives across the street from the house where McTigue was arrested. He said he said hi to her a few times, during which she never said her name and always wore sunglasses.

“I had no idea,” he said, “until one of the marshals showed me on his cell phone what she was wanted for.”

KHON2 News tried to contact the homeowner in person, but the gate was locked to the house and no one came to the door. He was not home at the time of McTigue’s arrest, and he’s not been arrested or charged in connection with the case.

Neighbors said surveillance cameras captured McTigue climbing over the house’s wall onto the property. It was that footage that gave authorities probable cause to do a search. The video footage is being held as evidence.

McTigue is scheduled to appear in court on Monday. She still has to go to trial for the fraud case and, if convicted, she could spend life in prison.

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