City worker pleads guilty

City worker pleads guilty

There are 62 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Apr 29, 2008, titled City worker pleads guilty. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Brian Hamasaki cut vehicle registration fees for 17 years By Nelson Daranciang [email protected] Former city employee Brian Hamasaki updated vehicle registrations at discount rates and pocketed the ...

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Since: Feb 08


#1 Apr 29, 2008
I guess this is another one to blame on ice but he was doing this for 17 years. My point is that someone, family, co-workers, etc., should have noticed. Or maybe he was just a thief and the drugs came later - I don't know. Either way good thing he got caught since the taxpayers were supplementing his crimes. Maybe now he can get help but still very sad for his family and friends.
Big Okole

Cape Charles, VA

#2 Apr 29, 2008
This guy should lose his retirement and get fired and spend some time in prison.

The city should go after the companies who profited from Hamasaki's actions and get back the back taxes.

Honolulu, HI

#3 Apr 29, 2008
what took em so long to discover????

Hilo, HI

#4 Apr 29, 2008
Every penny, with interest tacked on, should be repaid in full through home, car, or other liens placed immediately. Recovery of back pay should also be conducted, as he was clearly not doing his job -- should not have earned a cent for the whole 17 years.
Not surprised

United States

#5 Apr 29, 2008
Appears there were no "Checks and Balance" procedures in place or that the people who are supposed to do so dropped the ball. If this were a private corporation, other heads would roll. Oh wait.....this is the City and is run by the bad. How about identifying the companies involved in this illegal scheme so that the people of Hawaii know who profited from these illegal gains. Corruption is not new and is everywhere but at least do somethng about it. Prison time and forfeiture of all benefits for the crooked and greedy employee and full restitution(by all parties)is a no-brainer. Hopefully the public outcry will at least deter the City from sweeping this under the rug. Oh wait....City and Country of bad

Since: Mar 08

Kaneohe, HI

#6 Apr 29, 2008
After 17 years of stealing I would say he had a long life. A tip of the iceberg I would say.

Most of these things will never be found out.

Hilo, HI

#7 Apr 29, 2008
sounds like what happens in a bananana republic --- bet you can get the same deal Guatemala

Hilo, HI

#8 Apr 29, 2008
what about the guys on the other end benefiting from the corruption?


Since: Apr 08

Portland, OR

#9 Apr 29, 2008
What a tweaking piece of CRAP! Most people would love to have a lifetime city job where you can cruise, take naps,eat donuts etc. How do screw that up? SUCH AN IDIOT!!
love waianae

Ewa Beach, HI

#10 Apr 29, 2008
I had to pay a $50 bribe once to get the title to a business truck issued to me "without complications." It was posed to me in a way I couldn't get out of it, and I needed to have the truck on the road, so I just paid the extra. The extortion of businesses may slow down down for a while but I bet the clerks are going to be real nasty from now on.
More City Crime

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#11 Apr 29, 2008
I don't see how this could go on as long as it did without anyone else in the office having any suspicion. When dealing with $$, it should be simple enough to count monies coming in against receipts.

San Diego, CA

#12 Apr 29, 2008
Must have missed one when they had those big busts at Driver's Licensing 20 years ago.

Riverside, CA

#13 Apr 29, 2008
The very possibility of this type of bribery and extortion is what caused other states to establish their DMV agencies.

The drugs case should have gotten him sacked straight away.

Kailua Kona, HI

#14 Apr 29, 2008
The guy is small-time. He should have worked for a defense contractor in Iraq and make off with hundreds of millions of dollars.
Chemicall All

Port Neches, TX

#15 Apr 29, 2008
This paka is not a temporary thief like others are not caught yet, he is a career thief all the way. He desearves to be locked up in the monkey-house until millenium year arrives.

Houston, TX

#16 Apr 29, 2008
What a dumb and greedy crook

San Antonio, TX

#17 Apr 29, 2008
tip of the iceberg!

Kailua, HI

#18 Apr 29, 2008
Whenever I hear of a Japanese local (usually nissei or sansei, politician, gov. employee, etc.) getting busted for a crime, I think of how they missed the MOST IMPORTANT lesson growing up in a Japanaese household--that is not to bring SHAME to the family. I used to think the shame thing was ridiculous, but it be came a part of my ethics. Right and wrong is pretty much black and white for me.

Byron Uyesugi's (Xerox shooter) father had this concept. After Byron's arrest, dad commented that it would've been better if Byron took his own life too. Not that it would've brought the dead back, but it was a comment on how much shame Byron brought to the family.

My cousin from the mainland visited here in the '70s and wanted to go hiking at Manoa falls. I knew he was an adventurer so I warned him about staying on the trail, not so much for his safety, but that the family wouldn't be shamed if the search crew had to rescue him from a ledge. Lesson learned from my mom!

Lahaina, HI

#19 Apr 29, 2008
Hamasaki has the LBD disease, he shouldn't be charged for being sick.

"Little Bit Dumb"
Brown man

Silver Spring, MD

#20 Apr 29, 2008
If he were doing it for 17 years there should be others that were doing it too. His bosses were either def or dumb or just city workers who just dont care.

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