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State roundup for February 13

Man guilty over $4M tax refund

HONOLULU (AP) — A man who cashed an income tax refund check for nearly $4 million has pleaded guilty to filing a false claim against the Internal Revenue Service, as well as retaliatory liens against federal judges and prosecutors.

Francis E. Chandler III pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court to making a false claim for nearly $4 million in September 2008. Chandler faces a maximum five-year prison term plus a fine. He also has agreed to repay the government about $3 million after about $900,000 was recovered.

State business records indicate that Chandler is the manager of a small repair and cleaning services company, and a real estate agent.

Man sentenced in baby’s death

LIHUE, Kauai (AP) — A Kauai man has been sentenced for his part in a traffic accident in which his baby daughter was killed.

Michael Pagelsdorf, 30, of Lihue was sentenced to 10 years in prison. The Lihue man pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in the 2011 accident in which his 14-month-old daughter Kaylie was killed.

Pagelsdorf was holding his daughter in his lap when the SUV he was driving crashed into a car stopped in traffic ahead of him on Kumualii Highway. The baby was fatally injured when the SUV’s air bag deployed.

Prosecutors say Pagelsdorf had methamphetamine and marijuana in his blood at the time of the crash and was driving on a suspended license.

Lanai finally has full-time nurse

WAILUKU, Maui (AP) — Lanai now has a full-time public health nurse.

Lanai had to wait nearly three years for a full-time public health nurse to come to Maui, but Linda Mau is working at her job at Lanai Community Hospital.

Mau has been a registered nurse for about 27 years. She had previously worked on Maui for about 13 years. She traveled to the island once or twice a month after longtime nurse Jackie Woolsey retired in 2009. Before she was hired, she would travel to the island once or twice a month and help with basic health needs, including elderly case management.


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