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Judge dismisses charges against Kauai County official

By Rosemarie Bernardo


Kauai Circuit Judge Randal Valenciano dismissed an indictment today against county Human Resources Manager Janine Rapozo, who was accused of falsifying business records to aid the mayor in the theft of gasoline incurred on a county-issued gasoline card. 

Valenciano ruled there was a lack of a sufficient number of votes by a grand jury to indict Rapozo. On Nov. 14, Rapozo was indicted on one count of second-degree theft and 22 counts of falsifying business records for allegedly aiding Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. in unauthorized gasoline purchases. 

But the Kauai Office of Prosecuting Attorney said in a news release that it plans to file new charges via a criminal complaint in Kauai District Court.

In a news release today, Carvalho said there was no criminal intent by anyone involved and that they were following a longstanding practice of county-issued gasoline cards for Kauai mayors.

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