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Honolulu Ethics Commission Complains of Affronts to Its Independence

Investigation into possible fraud that may have cost taxpayers $250,000 a year was derailed, letter says.

·By Sophie Cocke

Honolulu’s Ethics Commission, tasked with ferreting out government corruption, hoped to purchase a $600 GPS tracking device last month to investigate city employees suspected of getting paid for work that they didn’t do.

The alleged scheme is believed to be costing the city a quarter of a million dollars a year, according to a draft of a letter the Ethics Commission intends to send to Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

A copy of the draft letter from Katy Chen, vice chair of the Ethics Commission, was provided to Civil Beat by the commission. It

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