The Hawaii Ethics Fee has fined Scot Y. Sueoka, a superintendent within the state Division of Training’s Amenities Upkeep Department, $11,000 for having state employees do construction work on his properties.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser experiences that two different Amenities Upkeep supervisors, William Gebhardt and Francis Cheung, additionally needed to pay penalties for utilizing state staff for his or her private initiatives. The department employs about 200 folks, together with carpenters, masons, electricians and laborers, to work on Hawaii’s public faculties.
All three officers contend that the work was not accomplished on state time. The Ethics Fee asserts, nonetheless, that the work seemingly violated the state’s honest remedy or presents legislation. It issued the penalties based mostly on information agreed to by the people it investigated.
The honest remedy legislation prohibits state staff from utilizing their place to acquire unwarranted privileges, benefits or advantages and interesting in substantial monetary transactions with subordinates. The presents legislation prohibits state staff from soliciting or accepting presents or providers which may be meant to affect them of their jobs.
Sueoka has been basic upkeep and providers superintendent within the amenities department for greater than a decade. In a press release posted on the commission’s website, he admitted paying subordinate staff to work on an house constructing in Kailua and his dwelling in Pauoa. Two different staff, whom he described as buddies, helped him free of charge.
“The fee investigated respondent Sueoka’s actions and believes that respondent Sueoka seemingly violated the Truthful Remedy Legislation and/or Presents Legislation by partaking in substantial monetary transactions with subordinate staff, accepting free labor from subordinate staff and utilizing state electronic mail, pc gear and time for private and/or non-public enterprise functions,” the decision stated.
The fee required Sueoka to pay an administrative penalty of $11,000 and it referred the matter to the Division of Training “for additional motion as acceptable.”
In a separate case, Gebhardt, an engineer overseeing the Amenities Upkeep Department, was fined $three,500 for accepting free labor from subordinate staff for dwelling renovations. He stated he supplied to pay for his or her time however they declined fee.
Within the third case, Francis Cheung, administrator of the Amenities Upkeep Department, was fined $750 for asking an worker to make a small cupboard for his spouse and for paying one other worker $600 to assist him transfer. He stated he reimbursed the cupboard maker $50 for supplies and acquired him lunch.