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'Illegal practices' pervasive at contractor, lawsuit alleges

The company sought advantages through questionable means, a whistle-blower says

By William Cole

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Sep 08, 2013

~~<p>A Honolulu company with $8 million in annual federal contracts is accused in a whistle-blower lawsuit of setting up as a Native Hawaiian nonprofit under questionable circumstances, illegally reimbursing family members for campaign contributions and avoiding state general excise taxes.</p>
<p>The lawsuit filed Aug. 30 in state court by former employee Sharon Amano accuses Hawaii Resource Group owners Charles Pires and Edward Morris of using past close ties with deceased U.S. Sen. Daniel Ino&shy;uye and former U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie to secure nonbid sole-source contracts.</p>
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A Honolulu company with $8 million in annual federal contracts is accused in a whistle-blower lawsuit of setting up as a Native Hawaiian nonprofit under questionable circumstances, illegally reimbursing family members for campaign contributions and avoiding state general excise taxes.

The lawsuit filed Aug. 30 in state court by former employee Sharon Amano accuses Hawaii Resource Group owners Charles Pires and Edward Morris of using past close ties with deceased U.S. Sen. Daniel Ino­uye and former U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie to secure nonbid sole-source contracts. Login for more...



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