- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

HONOLULU (AP) - The founder of a Hawaii telecommunications company has been sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison on charges that he underreported his income tax and mishandled $4 million of the company’s funds.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports (https://bit.ly/1PPt4FB ) that Albert Hee was sentenced Wednesday to 46 months in prison starting in April. The judge recommended he serve his time at a medical facility in Minnesota because of his severe allergies and heart condition.

Hee, the president of Waimana Enterprises Inc., was found guilty in July of interfering with the Internal Revenue Service and six counts of filing false tax returns.

Prosecutors say Hee used $4 million from the company for personal expenses, including his children’s college tuition, vacations and false wages paid to family members.

Hee’s lawyers plan to appeal.

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Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, https://www.staradvertiser.com

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