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Honolulu mortuary owner arrested, accused of stealing $90K in death benefits

Claus Hansen in a previous Hawaii News Now interview Claus Hansen in a previous Hawaii News Now interview
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Claus Hansen, owner of Affordable Casket and Moanalua Mortuary in Mapunapuna, was arrested Friday for theft and money laundering charges after an Oahu grand jury returned an indictment against him, Attorney General Doug Chin announced Friday.

The indictment alleges Hansen stole more than $85,000 from the state funeral payments program, which defrays mortuary costs incurred by friends and families of decedents who received financial assistance from the state in the form of Medicaid, food stamps, and other assistance programs.

According to the indictment, Hansen charged customers in full up front with the promise that he would expedite paperwork to accelerate payments from the State and customers would eventually receive a refund from him. According to the indictment at least 168 beneficiaries did not receive the benefits to which they were eligible as of May 31, 2013.

The most serious charges against Hansen include six class B felony counts, each punishable by up to ten years in prison, a $25,000.00 fine and restitution. Hansen turned himself in this morning, posted $250,000 cash bail, and was released pending arraignment in Honolulu circuit court.

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