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Police, Fire, Courts

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Tuesday, February 26, 2002


Ex-trustee's sister pleads guilty to false tax filing

Marlene Lindsey, sister of former Kamehameha Schools trustee Lokelani Lindsey, has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of filing a false income tax return.

Marlene Lindsey entered her plea before U.S. District Judge Philip Pro in Las Vegas yesterday, less than a month before her March 6 trial date.

She was indicted on Dec. 20, 2000, with Lokelani Lindsey for conspiracy and money laundering in connection with Marlene Lindsey's 1995 bankruptcy filing.

According to federal prosecutors, Marlene Lindsey's 1995 tax return listed her income as $38,255 when the correct amount was $175,763.

Her indictment stated that she failed to report more than $100,000 in income from the sale of stock she owned in a local company and hid the proceeds of that sale from a bankruptcy trustee.

She faces up to three years in jail and a $250,000 fine for her conviction.

Sentencing is set for June 24.

Lokelani Lindsey's trial is set to begin March 6 in Las Vegas.

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Corrections and clarifications

>> In a Page A3 story Saturday about Montez Ottley, a Laie woman found guilty of defrauding $67 million from investors in a Ponzi scheme, a quote by her defense lawyer was mistakenly attributed to the judge in the case. Attorney Richard Gronna actually said: "There is no money; it's gone."

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin strives to make its news report fair and accurate. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, call Managing Editor Frank Bridgewater at 529-4791 or email him at fbridgewater@starbulletin.com.






Police, Fire, Courts

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

Honolulu Police Department Crimestoppers

EAST OAHU

Work/furlough escapee caught after 5 months

An escapee from the TJ Mahoney work/furlough facility on Matlock Street was recaptured yesterday after fleeing five months ago.

Police said the 39-year-old woman had tested positive for alcohol use and was to be returned to the Oahu Community Correctional Center Women's Facility on Sept. 23 last year, but she fled before officials could transport her.

A case worker saw the woman crossing 9th Avenue in Kaimuki at 4:45 p.m. yesterday and called police.

NORTH SHORE

N.Shore man, 39, breaks collar bone in car crash

A 39-year-old North Shore man is in serious condition with a broken collar bone after he crashed his car on Kaukonahua Road last night.

Police said the man was traveling toward Wahiawa 1.7 miles west of Wilikina Drive at 6:55 p.m. when his car veered off the road and struck an ironwood tree.

Witnesses told police the car caught fire, but the man was able to get out on his own.

He was taken to Queen's Medical Center in critical condition but was upgraded overnight.

NEIGHBOR ISLANDS

Police question 3 women in theft of concert tickets

Three Anahola women are being questioned by Kauai police about who sold them their tickets to the Janet Jackson concert.

According to police, the tickets they used to attend the concert on Feb. 16 were stolen during a burglary at a Lihue beauty salon on Feb. 14.

The owner of the salon estimates that besides the Jackson tickets, she lost $12,000 worth of property from the break-in.

HONOLULU

2 teenage girls arrested in alleged knife threat

Honolulu police arrested two 15-year-old girls after they allegedly threatened a 17-year-old girl with a knife.

Police said the incident took place at 9:20 p.m. Sunday at a Kalihi residence.

Police said one of the suspects held the knife and threatened to kill the victim and that the other suspect hid the knife from officers.

Both suspects have been released pending an investigation.

LEEWARD OAHU

Coroner IDs man killed in motorcycle accident

The Honolulu medical examiner identified a 27-year-old Schofield Barracks man who died following a motorcycle accident Saturday as Jose Melendez.

Police said Melendez hit a tree as he was riding down Hanua Street near the Malakole Street intersection in Campbell Industrial Park just before midnight.

He was taken to St. Francis West hospital, where he died.

WINDWARD OAHU

Hiker who died in fall off Koolau ridge is ID'd

The Honolulu Medical Examiner's office identified a hiker who was killed Sunday when he fell 500 feet off a ridge above Waimanalo as 23-year-old Jheffrey Miller.

Miller was with a group of hikers on a trail overlooking Waimanalo Beach Park when he fell around 2 p.m.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.





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