18 Dec 2003

American Samoan woman again found guilty of fraud charges

11:45 am on 18 December 2003

An American Samoan woman, accused of being the ring leader of a Honolulu scam which bilked more than 66 million US dollars from investors throughout the US, has been found guilty on 14 criminal charges.

Montez Salmasina Ottley has been found guilty of mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering and conspiracy.

Ottley had been found guilty in a jury trial in February, but a new trial was ordered in June because she had not been allowed to act as her own lawyer.

She represented herself in the latest trial.

Her scam had involved a promise of an eight percent return within 13 weeks on a minimum one thousand dollar investment.

After the first trial she was sentenced to 27 years jail and is expected to receive a similar sentence this time.