Today, the United District Court for the District of Hawaii unsealed Honest Services Wire Fraud charges against the following six individuals arising out of schemes in which employees of the Department of Planning and Permitting (“DPP”) of the City and County of Honolulu took bribes in exchange for performing official acts at DPP:
• Wayne Inouye, 64, of Honolulu, a former Building Plans Examiner at DPP, in Cr. No. 21-00034 LEK (Indictment);
• Jocelyn Godoy, 58, of Pearl City, an employee of the Data Access and Imaging Branch at DPP, in Cr. No. 21-00036 DKW (Indictment);
• Jason Dadez, 42, of Honolulu, a Building Inspector at DPP, in Cr. No. 21-00037 DKW (Indictment);
• Jennie Javonillo, 71, of Waipahu, a former Building Plans Examiner at DPP, in Cr. No. 21-00038 DKW (Indictment);
• Kanani Padeken, 36, of Kaaawa, a Building Plans Examiner at DPP, in Cr. No. 21-00040 DKW (Information); and
• William Wong, 71, of Honolulu, an architect, in Cr. No. 21-00041 DKW (Information).
The Indictment against Mr. Inouye also charges him with one count of making a false material statement to the government.
Acting U.S. Attorney Judith A. Philips stated, “This Office is committed to prosecuting those who betray the public trust for personal gain with all available resources.”
“Our citizens entrust their government with great authority and power. It is our responsibility to the communities we serve to represent them ethically and transparently,” said Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Eli S. Miranda. “The FBI will bring all its resources to bear and vigorously pursue criminals who attempt to defraud the American people and our institutions.”
The charges in the Indictments and Information are merely allegations, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael Nammar and Craig S. Nolan.
The article has been summarised and the original full article can be found at justice.gov