| |  Print This Article

Kauai Mayor's Attorney Denounces Prosecutor And Police Chief After Cabinet Member is Indicted for Theft

BY JIM DOOLEY AND MALIA ZIMMERMAN - The personal attorney for Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. angrily denounced efforts by Police Chief Darryl Perry and outgoing Prosecutor Shaylene Iseri-Carvalho to charge the mayor for alleged theft of more than $5,000 of county gasoline.

Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho

“As far as I am concerned, there is no criminal liability of any kind whatsoever,” said Eric Seitz, Carvalho’s lawyer.

Seitz said Iseri-Carvalho and Perry are pursuing groundless charges against Carvalho.

Iseri-Carvalho lost her re-election campaign this month and has just weeks left in office. Both she and Perry have had very strained relations with Carvalho and his administration.

Seitz said that David Minkin, a private attorney retained by the Kauai Auditor to investigate the mayor’s use of county gasoline, is “outraged” that his findings are being used to pursue criminal charges against the mayor, Seitz said.

Minkin’s law firm, McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon, was hired by the county auditor’s office to conduct an independent investigation of gasoline usage on Kauai.

“It was an impeccable investigation,” Seitz said. “They recommended that there be no criminal charges whatsoever.”

Minkin could not be reached for comment this weekend.

But his firm’s report, submitted to the auditor in May of this year, said, “Mayor Carvalho’s use of County fuel demonstrates questionable fiscal policies that range from poor accounting to a possible breach of public trust.

“Further,” the report continued, “the lack of legal authority for the Mayor to use County resources (fuel) for personal purposes, such as commuting to and froM work, evidences a misappropriation of County property with resultant possibility of criminal liability.”

And the County’s failure to report Carvalho’s gasoline usage as a job “fringe benefit” raised questions about possible tax liabilities, the report said.

But the report cautioned that before a determination of criminal conduct could be made, further investigation needed to be made into whether Carvalho had guilty intent when he used the gasoline.

“Law enforcement authorities are equipped with the necessary investigative and subpoena power to accomplish this task, which is well beyond the scope of work undertaken buy this firm,” the report said.

“The logical referrals are the Kauai Police Department and the Kauai Prosecutor’s Office,” said the report.

The independent investigators noted that he auditor had “concerns” about “potential conflicts of interest in the Police Department and Prosecutor’s Office.”

Prosecutor Shaylene Iseri-Carvalho

But it went on to say that any decision about such conflicts had to be made by those agencies and not the auditor.

“In an abundance of caution, the matter should also be brought to the attention of the State of Hawaii Department of the Attorney General as this department has both investigative and prosecutorial capabilities,” the report said.

The question of possible tax liabilities should be referred to the Kauai Department of Finance, said the report.

“If the County fails to take any corrective action regarding the taxing issues, the Auditor’s Office may also be required to make appropriate reports to the Hawaii Tax Department and the Internal Revenue Service,” the report said.

Minkin’s report also noted that previous Kauai mayors have been allowed to use county gasoline in their personal vehicles.

“Numerous individuals interviewed during this investigation indicated this (gasoline) usage is a known practice that dates back to multiple prior mayors,” investigators at a Honolulu law firm reported to the Kauai County Auditor in May.

But no one interviewed by the investigators could cite “appropriate legal authority” for the practice, the report said.

“A clear and articulated policy regarding the Mayor’s fuel usage should be promulgated to avoid the historical usage of fuel by the Mayor without the proper and appropriate authorization,” said the investigators.

Iseri-Carvalho’s office obtained a grand jury indictment this week against Coounty official Janine Rapozo on charges that she helped Carvalho misappropriate county gasoline in 2009 and 2010.

Carvalho was not indicted and a warrant for his arrest issued by the Police Department has not been served because two Kauai judges refused to sign the document.

Use Facebook to Comment on this Post

Short URL: http://www.hawaiireporter.com/?p=205289

5 Comments for “Kauai Mayor's Attorney Denounces Prosecutor And Police Chief After Cabinet Member is Indicted for Theft”

  1. “As far as I am concerned, there is no criminal liability of any kind whatsoever,” said Eric Seitz, Carvalho’s lawyer.

    well, as long as the suspects lawyer says he's innocent then move along people, nothing to see here.

    this story is a hoot! the mayor would have no problem if he hadn't made the use of gas a topic in a prior election. no one expects a mayor to gas up a county car at his own expense...but the efforts to hide it with his accomplice makes it smell.

    mr. carvalho, you are a deceptive mayor.

    this also displays the out of controllness of the grand jury...look into these kangaroo courts and see if they don't offend you.

  2. People vs. Machine

    Huge props for Hawaii Reporters coverage of this fiasco. Both sides presented, solid facts, interesting story line. I remember those days in Hawaii journalism. Bravo, Jim and Malia!

  3. [...] Latest Kauai News Nov18 Tweet Kauai Mayor's Attorney Denounces Prosecutor And Police Chief BY JIM DOOLEY AND MALIA ZIMMERMAN – The personal attorney for Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. angrily denounced efforts by Police Chief Darryl Perry and outgoing Prosecutor Shaylene Iseri-Carvalho to charge the mayor for alleged theft of more … Read more on Hawaii Reporter [...]

  4. The mayor was not gassing up a county car. He was gassing up his personal gas-guzzling Suburban SUV with his campaign bumper stickers - "re-elect Carvalho for Mayor." Campaigning on the county dime, anyone?

    Seitz said. “They recommended that there be no criminal charges whatsoever.” But the report said, “the lack of legal authority for the Mayor to use County resources (fuel) for personal purposes, such as commuting to and froM work, evidences a misappropriation of County property with resultant possibility of CRIMINAL LIABILITY.” Why, then, would Minkin be "appalled"? Seitz is delusional.

    Groundless charges? Everyone knows you have to pay taxes on the value of any benefit received. None were paid here.

    Bottom line, the mayor and his cohorts are not above the law. Here on Kauai, we're sick of the rampant and blatant corruption so prevalent in Carvalho's administration.

  5. Avoid Kauai in general!!
    First it's not really safe to swim on this island, but more importantly some police officers are targeting tourists.
    I was there last year on a camping ground on the north shore and I was threatened by locals. They seemed to belong to some kind of local mafia. I overheard them say that one of them had been pushed from a cliff as some kind of retaliation.
    I called the police when they started to become physically agressive. Arrived officer Marshall. He yelled at me that he would arrest me and told me that you don't mess with locals.
    He arrested me and I saw him laughing with the locals.
    Sadly the prosecutor at that time was racially biased against white people (she has been condemned for harassing a white deputy attorney: http://www.civilbeat.com/articles/2012/09/06/1704... so they gladly prosecuted me.
    Although I was the one calling 911 and I was the only one injured.

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

News Cycle on The Rick Hamada Show








Recently Commented

  • Jellybarn: If you are a service provider, then you must not miss the opportunity to buy Instagram followers and share...
  • writing essays: This sort of clever work of writing and This blog will be a great source blog for those who wants to...
  • blackline elite: Malia Davidson, Program Director of Liko A'e and Student Coordinator of the event, said...
  • Olivia: This new funding will allow faculty, who teach pre-engineering courses, to introduce new and innovative ways...
  • visit this website: The program activities will initially support students on O‘ahu and Maui with the goal to...