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Pflueger says state owes him $240,000 for water from dam

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:55 a.m. HST, Aug 14, 2013

A retired car dealer who pleaded no contest to reckless endangerment in a deadly Kauai dam breach has billed the state $240,000.

James Pflueger has demanded the state pay for water it has been selling from his dam to local farmers for the past 20 years, KITV reported Monday.

Seven people were swept to their deaths in 2006 when 400 million gallons of mud, rocks and water raged down the valley because the Ka Loko dam broke on Pflue­ger's property.

The 87-year-old land­owner pleaded no contest last month in a deal with prosecutors to drop seven manslaughter counts.

His attorney, Bill McCorriston, said the state of Hawaii continues to use the water, supplied by Kilauea Irrigation Co.

In a March 2013 letter, Pflue­ger told the Department of Land and Natural Resources, "I have received nothing, but am accused of everything. You owe me more than I owe you."

He then sent the state a bill for $1,000 a month for the past 20 years, or $240,000 in total.

The department said Monday that Pflue­ger has no authority under the law to make these monetary claims and that a response wasn't necessary or warranted.

Pflueger and his attorneys said they have yet to receive a direct response from the state and would prefer to reach a deal instead of resorting to a lawsuit but are considering action in the near future.

McCorriston said the state and the company responsible for maintaining the ditches that connect to Pflue­ger's dam have failed to do their share over the years.

The bill is for something of a piggy bank for future potential problems, McCorriston said.

"The water gates are in disrepair, the ditch is in disrepair, trees are growing in the ditches," he said.

McCorriston said that since the breach, the reservoir was dug deeper and rerouted to avoid potential future flooding.

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HaoleGuy wrote:
This guy is a real piece of "work" (I'd like to say a different word, but the SA censors would not allow it. ) he got away with murder. Plain and simple, and now he is going to try and charge the State for that water? Unreal.
on August 14,2013 | 07:02AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Give a lolo an inch and he wants a mile. They should have sent this areshole to jail and thrown away the key. This guy got brass bsallls for sure.
on August 14,2013 | 07:02AM
mcc wrote:
Money can buy freedom for murderers in Hawaii. Here is living proof. Now he want to sue the State. Go crawl into a hole Jimmy.
on August 14,2013 | 07:24AM
Malani wrote:
If Pflueger believed that the State was using is water for free why didn't he make it public these 20 years? Iif the Sate feels they are innocent of Pflueger's charges using his water for free why do they feel they do not need to comment?
on August 14,2013 | 07:43AM
inHilo wrote:
Too much money. Too little character. A lethal combination.
on August 14,2013 | 08:12AM
agile wrote:
"The bill is for something of a piggy bank for future potential problems, McCorriston said." No, the bill is for a piggy bank for the King of Pigs, Pfleuger. He's revolting, but I'm a firm believer in karma - eventually, he'll get what's coming to him.
on August 14,2013 | 09:22AM
Slow wrote:
Poor old "Honest Jimmy" Flooger. His love of money coupled with a titanic ego have proven to be a destructive and deadly force in Hawaii. Of course it was all the accountant's fault, right Honest Jimmy?
on August 14,2013 | 09:37AM
lowtone123 wrote:
Where was your claim to bill the state prior to the Ka Loko incident? There was none you old crotch. You're only bitter and vengeful. "You owe me more than I owe you". Are you kidding? You killed people with your reckless disregard for following the rules. The state couldn't possibly owe you more than that.
on August 14,2013 | 11:04AM
SueH wrote:
No jail? He needs to be sent to Kaneohe for sure: this guy's a NUT CASE!
on August 14,2013 | 11:06AM
Uncleart66 wrote:
Don't buy his cars......
on August 14,2013 | 03:51PM
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