A federal judge sentenced a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employee last week who steered an earth-moving job at the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge on Kauai to a company in which he was a partner.
"When I did this, I honestly didn’t see that I did anything wrong," said Kevyn Paik.
After his 30-day jail term, Paik will be on federal probation for two years, including seven months of electronically monitored home detention.
A jury found Paik and former Fish and Wildlife employee James Alan Duarte guilty of two counts each of wire fraud and mail fraud.
Paik was responsible for maintaining the wildlife refuge. The jury found him guilty of steering a $23,500 job in 2006 to a straw contractor. Duarte then performed the work using Paik’s equipment.