Alleged violations cost a Big Island public safety employee a hefty fine

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The highest ranking state sheriff on the Big Island has agreed to pay a $6,000 fine for two alleged ethics violations.

The state Ethics Commission says Lt. Patrick Kawai and a number of other public safety employees received extra pay for an eviction case and for helping with a physical agility test for recruits.

The exercise was scheduled for 12 hours but ended early. That same year, he and nine other sheriffs allegedly collected 10 hours of pay for an eviction that took less time.

The number of people involved reportedly pushed up the fine.

Lieutenant Kawai was also disciplined by the department but kept his rank and position.

No other employee was disciplined and no other violation was investigated.

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