Ethics fines issued to Hawaii education department officials

HONOLULU — Three supervisors in Hawaii’s Department of Education have been fined for misusing state employees for private construction projects.

Hawaii News Now reported the state Ethics Commission has fined three supervisors in the department’s facilities maintenance branch.

The commission issued a fine of $11,000 against Scot Sueoka, the department’s general maintenance and services supervisor.

Education department engineer William Gebhardt was fined $3,500 and administrator Francis Cheung was fined $750 for misusing state employees.

The commission says Sueoka hired department maintenance branch staff for construction work on his homes in Kailua and Pauoa.

Sueoka says the work was done on weekends and not during the employees’ state work hours and that he paid the market rate of about $300 dollars per day.

An education department spokeswoman did not comment.


Information from: KGMB-TV,

  1. harry oyama November 25, 2019 4:19 am Reply

    Fines, they should be serving jail time in prison.

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