Pearl City, Kapolei men charged in felony theft cases

Two Oahu residents have been charged in separate cases alleging theft of state accounts totaling more than $750,000.

Michael Powers, a 48-year-old, convicted felon from Pearl City, was charged Friday with attempted first-degree theft and multiple counts of forgery in the second degree after he allegedly wrote 22 forged checks totaling $715,696.92.

Powers allegedly used state Department of Budget and Finance bank routing numbers and account numbers, state Attorney General Doug Chin said in a statement.

In the second case, Michael K. Mills, 30, of Kapolei, was charged on Friday with first-degree theft after he allegedly billed the state more than $35,000 in equipment and supplies that were not related to a state contract with Mills’ employer.

“State dollars are your taxpayer dollars,” Chin said in a statement. “People who cheat the state will be prosecuted.”

Bail for Mills and Powers was set at $5,000 and bench warrants were issued for their arrests, Chin’s office said.

Conviction of first-degree theft carries a maximum…

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