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String of bank robberies by man wearing surgical mask may be related, police say

Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a possible serial bank robber who prefers wearing a surgical mask.

The man may be connected to at least three bank robberies — two at the same branch — since February, said Honolulu CrimeStoppers coordinator Sgt. Chris Kim.

“It’s a strong possibility that this may be the same guy,” Kim said. He said there were similarities with the man’s clothing, but some discrepancies in his physical appearance. Some of those discrepancies may stem from the trauma the victims had experienced or the clothes the suspect was wearing, he said.

In the latest robbery, a masked man entered the Kaimuki branch of First Hawaiian Bank at about 3:50 p.m. Friday and demanded money from a teller, police said. He ran away in an unknown direction with an undisclosed amount of money.

He was described as 6 feet tall, in his 30s or 40s, with a husky build and a fair complexion. He was wearing a long sleeve blue shirt, blue jeans, a gray beanie, sunglasses, and white surgical mask.

Accused of stealing millions, Kapolei woman indicted for bank fraud, tax offenses

A Kapolei woman who is accused of diverting nearly $4 million is now facing 32 counts of bank fraud and filing false tax returns.

Johanne Jarlego, 44, was an accountant for a local magazine publisher. She was arrested Monday as a result of a federal indictment.

The indictment alleges between June 2008 and February 2015, she diverted $3,833,640 from magazine advertisers into a personal account. In an attempt to cover her tracks, officials say she repaid $2,428,600. 

Jarlego is also accused of four counts of filing false tax returns. According to the indictment, in 2011-2014, she failed to claim the $2,688,356 obtained through her fraudulent acts as income. 

She pleaded not guilty to all charges. She was able to post $50,000 bail and released. 

A jury trial will be held on August 29. 

If she is convicted, Jarlego could spend up to 30 years in prison, and a $1,000,000 fine for each count of bank fraud. In addition, she could also face three years behind bars, and a $250,000 fine for each count of tax fraud.