Car insurance costs rank third
HONOLULU - An online car insurance shopping site ranks Hawaii as having the third cheapest rates in the nation.
According to CarInsuranceQuotes.com, motorists in the Aloha State pay a median annual car insurance policy cost of $1,244. That's 1.634 percent of household income.
The cheapest on the list was in Massachusetts, where policyholders pay just 1.434 percent of household income. Michigan tops the list, where 8 percent of median household income goes toward car insurance, or a median annual price of more than $4,000.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday that state of Hawaii Insurance Commissioner Gordon Ito attributes the positive ranking to several factors including a reduction in accidents and a highly competitive motor vehicle insurance market in Hawaii.
FBI hunts for couple in fraud
HONOLULU - The FBI is intensifying its hunt for a Hawaii husband and wife who pleaded guilty in a fraud scheme targeting distressed homeowners.
The agency said Monday it is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the capture of John and Julieanne Dimitrion.
In April 2009, the couple pleaded guilty to operating a fraud scheme to convince distressed homeowners to relinquish their homes. The FBI says the couple promised to invest the proceeds of home sales to help the victims but instead funded their own lavish lifestyles.
They didn't show up for a July 6, 2010, sentencing in federal court in Honolulu. They were seen four days earlier at church services in Mililani. They were last known to be hiding in Alabama.
- From The Maui News and its news services