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Nishioka resigns as Honolulu Liquor Commission administrator

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 1:54 a.m. HST, Jul 19, 2013

Greg I. Nishi­oka has resigned as administrator of the Honolulu Liquor Commission, the agency reported Friday.

The commission said it met in executive session about Nishioka’s employment and accepted his resignation effective Aug. 30.

In February, Nishioka resigned from practicing law and agreed to repay misappropriated money to clients, according to the state Disciplinary Board of the Hawaii Supreme Court.

Before taking the job in 2011, Nishi­oka was an attorney at Nishi­oka and Fuji­oka. Nishi­oka's resignation took effect March 13.

According to the order filed by the board on Feb. 11, Nishi­oka admitted to failing to act with reasonable competence or diligence in representing clients, failing to keep clients reasonably informed about the status of their matters and promptly complying with reasonable requests for information.

The order also said Nishi­oka admitted commingling and misappropriating client funds, failing to promptly render accurate accountings, failing to return client files and to provide refunds upon request, and engaging in deceitful conduct, resulting in 47 separate violations.

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