Man who got big tax refund pleads guilty

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.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser says 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 5-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.

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