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Liquor Commission employee arrested in bribery case

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A Honolulu Liquor Commission  training specialist was arrested on suspicion of illegally selling a liquor card.

Police said about 3 p.m. Wednesday the 39-year-old Wahiawa man sold a liquor card at the Salt Lake Shopping Center to a person who had not taken a test to receive the card, which allows someone to sell or serve alcoholic beverages.

Officers arrested the man about an hour later at a home on Salt Lake Blvd. on suspicion of two counts of felony bribery. A person commits bribery by accepting money to influence his judgment as a public servant.

Dennis Enomoto, chairman of the liquor commission, said the arrest was based on a complaint which was referred to the police.

He said the liquor commission has initiated its own investigation.

"The alleged action is simply unacceptable and we will deal with this in a swift manner." Enomoto added. "We commend the person who filed the complaint for having the courage to speak up and bring the situation to light and we will continue to give the community the best standards of service that they expect."

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