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Bureau of Conveyances, ...
Bureau of Conveyances, Department of Land and Natural Resources, Hilton J. Lui,
was hired by the ethics commission earlier this year to investigate alleged wrongdoing at the Bureau of Conveyances
, including allegations of preferential treatment for one title and escrow company.
did not immediately return a call seeking comment, and a message on his
voicemail said he
was out of town until July 7.
The joint legislative investigative ...
The joint legislative investigative committee on the Bureau of Conveyances hired private investigator Hilton Lui to look into allegations about mismanagement at the bureau during its first meeting Wednesday.
Lui certainly sounds biased ...
Lui certainly sounds biased [but, seriously, what good investigator doesn't cheer privately when his mark goes down?], yet the stories have passages like these that go by without comment:
Those included a report that Lui
lobbied a senator to vote against Young's confirmation.As a result of Lui's bias against Young, Mollway said he
will not turn over his
report to a special Senate-House committee investigating allegations that bureau employees received gifts, trips to Las Vegas and hotel upgrades from companies using the bureau's services.The Ethics Commission
$14,860 for work performed from February to May, according to Mollway.
...Those documents were to include a report prepared by Hilton Lui, an independent investigator hired by the Ethics Commission to conduct its probe into the bureau.Lui, a former FBI agent, also was appointed by the legislative committee to serve as its lead investigator.
The $14,860 paid to Mr. Lui
was public money, so the work Mr. Lui
did is state property.Even if Lui
is biased, state property is not subject to the unilateral editorial whim of Mr. Mollway.
The report should be handed over as the subpoena requires and the contents of the report should be reviewed by the Comiittee with consideration for the allegations against Lui
Allegations surface that Ethics ...
Allegations surface that Ethics Commission investigator Hilton Lui was biased.
...This, more or less, is what happened to former state Ethics Commission investigator Hilton Lui.Last week, when Lui was out of the country, it became public that a letter was sent on June 28 by Hawai‘i State Ethics Commission Executive Director Daniel Mollway to the joint Senate-House Investigative Committee alleging that Lui's report on the Bureau of Conveyances was biased.
The commission hired Lui
to do the snooping for them.
After Young's ouster from the DLNR in April, the state Senate decided it would be a good idea to get into the sleuthing business itself.The man who would be their Sherlock Holmes?Why, Hilton Lui, who had recently finished his
duties with the Ethics Commission
The funny thing is at least one legislator, Sen.Lorraine Inouye, was aware that Lui, who was supposed to be conducting an unbiased investigation of the Bureau, had lobbied against the former DLNR head back in April.
The reason Inouye knew Lui
had urged a state senator to vote against the ex-DLNR chair?She
was that senator.
Now according to a Honolulu Star-Bulletin report, Inouye says that at the time she
wasn't aware Lui
was investigating the Bureau for the Ethics Commission-not
a particularly good admission for a state senator to make.You would think that she
would have heard about the investigation in the halls of the State Capitol sometime before her
meeting with Lui
.That said, we'll give her
the benefit of the doubt.
While pleading ignorance can be an excuse, Inouye's decision to wait until June 27 to speak with Mollway about Lui's
alleged lobbying is strange.
Coupled with the fact that these allegations made the papers while Lui
was out of town and you have a genuine mystery to solve, one where the motivations of Inouye and perhaps others are suspect.
Why did it take so long to find out about Lui's
Hilton Lui, a private ...
Hilton Lui, a private investigator, conducted the work on the bureau for the Ethics Commission and has since been hired by the committee as an investigator.Mollway claims Lui was biased against Peter Young, the former director of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, which oversees the bureau.
Committee leaders have said they want to talk to Lui
, who is traveling, before making a decision.One Republican on the committee, state Rep.
is traveling outside the country, so we will wait for him to return and give him a chance to present his
side of the story," state Sen.