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State boating official pleads guilty to embezzling $125,000

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 11:51 a.m. HST, Mar 15, 2012

Former state boating official Wesley Choi pleaded guilty in state court this morning to charges that he embezzled nearly $125,000 from the state.

Under the terms of his plea agreement with the state attorney general, if Choi pays back the money by the time he is sentenced in May, he will get probation and 1 1/2 years in jail. If he doesn't pay back all of the money by then, he will get a 10-year prison term.

Choi, 39, was the assistant district manager for small boat harbors on Oahu before resigning last year.

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kcjtu wrote:
I understand he's still entitled to receive all of his retirement/pension benefits. Thank you Randy Perreira and the HGEA for protecting these workers' rights at the expense of the State and its taxpayers.!
on March 15,2012 | 12:09PM
Anonymous wrote:
Such is life on the Plantation that deems government workers as a protected class. Union protection. Lifetime benefits for unskilled labor. Voters need to find the courage to rise up and demand labor reforms from the Downtown Country Club named the HI State Legislature. If not, life rolls on and the taxpayers take it in the shorts.
on March 15,2012 | 01:31PM
Compassionate_Cat wrote:
We need a non union organizer who can rally the public to find out how they can get bad people out of office and prosecute those that can't seem to be held accountable. All of these people who work on government jobs are paid by the tax payer. I think we should start filing lawsuits personally suing each one of these for embezzling our hard earned dollars. When the courts are dealing with 5000 lawsuits for each of these clowns THEN something might change...
on March 15,2012 | 03:27PM
Dizzle wrote:
The face that sank a thousand ships @ $125 per.......
on March 15,2012 | 06:56PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
he won't get much
on March 15,2012 | 06:57PM
serious wrote:
This, after overpaid state workers can't/won't give it back--only $2,000,000. Liquor control officer collects bribes, I thought Roy Tam was bad. ISN'T ANYBODY IN CHARGE????
on March 15,2012 | 12:46PM
Compassionate_Cat wrote:
No. It's not what you know (education), it's who you know (hire family, friends), and what you know about them that matters (blackmail)...a barbaric lack of civil responsibility...
on March 15,2012 | 01:08PM
Bruddah_Shane wrote:
Such is life on the Plantation that deems the government workers as a protected class. Civil service protection begets lifetime health and pension benefits for unskilled labor. Unless the voters rise up and demand reforms from the Downtown Country Club also known as the HI State legislature, the taxpayers will continue take it in the shorts and it's business as usual.
on March 15,2012 | 01:36PM
cojef wrote:
It's not as bad the rail folly, where the payoffs will leave the State, at least the residents get to keep what they contributed and some extras for working for the State/County/City civil service system. They won't get welfare or food stamps.
on March 15,2012 | 02:43PM
hihitek wrote:
Some people who should know say the $125k he admitted to stealing is merely the tip of the iceberg. Wanna bet he finds the money to make restitution w/o any problems?
on March 15,2012 | 02:50PM
rayhawaii wrote:
If he gets 10 years in jail it will cost us tax payers $500,000.00 for his 10 years of room and board at $50,000.00 a year.
on March 15,2012 | 07:42PM
Fred01 wrote:
Seriously. Look at this fool. Who would hire him? Time to end the unofficial preference for "locals."
on March 15,2012 | 09:22PM
GAC wrote:
stealing and admitting 125k , get to pay it back and get community service, rob a bank get caught for a few thousand and go to the federal pen. how many of these public servants stole money and get community service. the law does not make sense.
on March 15,2012 | 10:00PM
Canefire wrote:
Wish the article would report on how he did it and got caught. Is the DLNR implementing new fiscal or audit practices to make sure this won't happen again? Where was the District Manager in all this?
on March 16,2012 | 01:09AM
hihitek wrote:
Canefire check out the comments regarding this story in the KHON website.
on March 16,2012 | 10:30AM
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