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Former DHS employee sentenced for theft

Roselani Wise (Image: Hawaii News Now) Roselani Wise (Image: Hawaii News Now)
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A former Hawaii Department of Human Services employee was sentenced last month for second-degree theft for receiving unearned money from the state for four years, the Attorney General’s office said Wednesday.

Attorney General Doug Chin said an investigation revealed that while Roselani Wise was was supposed to be working her job as an investigator for the DHS, she was also working for and being paid by the Transportation Security Administration at the Lihue Airport.

“Public employees can hold outside employment as long as it is not legally prohibited," Chin said in a statement. "In this case, however, Ms. Wise claimed to be working for DHS during the same exact time she was actually working for TSA. That is theft of state money and that is why she was prosecuted.”

Wise pleaded no contest to theft in the second degree.

Her sentencing includes five years of probation, $9,701.32 in restitution to the state and 200 hours of community service. Wise will also need to pay $895 to the Crime Victim Compensation Commission.

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