Claus Hansen in a previous Hawaii News Now interview
MOANALUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
Claus Hansen, owner of Affordable Casket and Moanalua Mortuary in Mapunapuna, pleaded guilty on Friday to seven counts of felony theft.
Hansen was arrested in April 2015 after one of his employees alerted the Medicaid program that he was apparently taking money from the state funeral payments program.
That program offsets mortuary costs incurred by families of decedents who received financial assistance from the state in the form of Medicaid, food stamps, and other assistance programs.
According to Hansen’s bank statements, he failed to pay as many as 161 beneficiaries totaling more than $90,000. He began to repay the families after learning he was the subject of a criminal investigation, said State Attorney General Douglas Chin.
“Mr. Hansen preyed on underprivileged people mourning the loss of loved ones. Fortunately, an employee had the courage to step forward and report this crime,” said Attorney Gernal Chin.
Under a plea agreement, Hansen will serve 30 days in jail, pay $50,000 to the Crime Victim’s Compensation Fund, and perform 300 hours of community service.