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State Health Director Resigns Update

Doctor Neal Palafox Doctor Neal Palafox
Brook Hart Brook Hart

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The lawyer for Hawaii's former health director says he still has no idea why the governor asked him to step down. Doctor Neal Palafox resigned after about five weeks on the job. The governor's staff is being tight lipped about the investigation. Although it was the reason he asked the doctor to resign and even though no one claims to know details, sources tell Hawaii News Now it's because he's linked to a medical reimbursement fraud investigation.

"The governor came and told him that some investigation had been initiated he didn't say when and because there was some uncertainty about the outcome of this investigation the governor would appreciate it if Dr. Palafox would step down from his position," said Brook Hart.

Hart says the timing of the investigation is somewhat suspicious. In Dr. Palafox's short time as health director he did decide to lay off some powerful people in the department, but his lawyer has no idea if that has anything to do with the case.

 

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