State roundup for February 15
21 months for disability fraud
HONOLULU (AP) — A California woman has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for receiving disability payments from Hawaii for her father, even though he died in 1990.
Lynsie Williams, of Redlands, Calif., was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Honolulu.
Court documents say her father Edwin Callison qualified for Hawaii disability benefits when he was injured in 1976 at his job at the Kauai Humane Society.
He died in California in 1990 but Williams continued collecting his benefits.
According to a plea deal, Williams deposited nearly $400,000 in a joint account and forged documents when state officials wanted to verify her father was still alive. She’ll need to pay that back to the state and must perform 300 hours of community service.
Indictment in stabbing death
HONOLULU (AP) — An Oahu grand jury has indicted a 72-year-old man suspected of a Waipahu stabbing death.
The murder indictment was returned against Jose Inigo. Prosecutors say he stabbed 42-year-old Marlo Basuel at a home on Kahuanani Street. Basuel was found on the street. He died at a hospital.
Inigo had sought medical treatment for an injury to his hand. He was arrested three days after the stabbing. He was not immediately charged and was released. Police after the incident said Basuel had argued with two men who ran from the scene after the stabbing.
Bail for Inigo was set at $300,000.
Infant returns with measles
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii public health officials are concerned people may contract the measles after an Oahu infant returned from the Philippines with the disease.
The state Department of Health said Thursday the baby is hospitalized and recovering. But the child was infectious while traveling and while visiting health care providers.
Measles is highly contagious. It’s spread by direct contact with mucus from the nose and throat and by airborne respiratory droplets.
Symptoms include blotchy red rash, fever, cough and runny nose.
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