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State attorney general to probe UH mismanagement allegation

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:58 p.m. HST, Feb 28, 2013

The state Attorney General’s Office has agreed to investigate allegations by a prominent engineer that a top University of Hawaii official wasted potentially millions of dollars through blatant mismanagement of construction projects.

Dennis Mitsunaga, a prominent fund-raiser for the Democratic Party whose engineering firm does work for the school, has accused Brian Minaai, UH’s associate vice president for capital improvements, of wasting taxpayer dollars by, among other things, steering contracts to friends.

Mitsunaga first made the allegations in testimony he submitted recently for a Senate bill.

The university said today the attorney general’s office would report the findings of its investigation to the Board of Regents. No timetable was mentioned.

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Poipounder808 wrote:
What a surprise...
on February 28,2013 | 03:55PM
aomohoa wrote:
It's about time!
on February 28,2013 | 03:55PM
cojef wrote:
After reading the expose/complaint last week in the SA, by a competing architect formerly doing busines with UH, was wondering why the practice mentioned article was still continuing. So now the AJ is getting involved. Where was he all these past years. It has been going on for long, long time.
on February 28,2013 | 04:01PM
Squidy wrote:
So it only takes one "prominent fund-raiser for the Democratic Party" to make unsubstantiated allegations for the AG to launch an investigation? Why was the AG's office sitting on its hands during the Cayetano years when that same accuser was himself being accused? Double standard or is it all about money and power?
on February 28,2013 | 04:32PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
That this sort of thing happens in state government is common knowledge, that a democratic insider is blowing the whistle is the unexpected part. Kind of like the pot calling the kettle black, I'm sure Mitsunaga has recieved plenty of taxpayer money for supporting the Dems in power over the years. Almost certainly, the allegations are true. Brian Minaai should be in jail for theft of taxpayer money along with his "do nothing" contractors.
on February 28,2013 | 04:52PM
iwanaknow wrote:
Long over due
on February 28,2013 | 05:04PM
nitpikker wrote:
more trouble for greedwood!! on her watch !
on February 28,2013 | 05:15PM
nippy68 wrote:
death by the katana!!!!!! he disgraced his family name.....
on February 28,2013 | 08:39PM
Manoa_Fisherman wrote:
Why isn't the Attorney General investigating Mitsunaga? He is the biggest benefactor of the Abercrombie/Cayetano/Hee faction of the Democratic Party.
on February 28,2013 | 10:54PM
localtodamax808 wrote:
Well, I guess if Dennis Mitsunaga was a friend of Brian Minaai and got some of these contracts, he wouldn't be making these allegations.
on March 1,2013 | 01:38PM
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