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UPDATED: Anthony Apuron’s sentence was relatively light and amounts to an early retirement anywhere but Guam.
The loss of some deductions for mortgage and state and local taxes impacts areas with the most expensive real estate.
OHA was criticized for spending millions of dollars without sufficient oversight and ignoring its own rules.
A recent state audit found both the chief executive, Kamana‘opono Crabbe, and trustees are responsible for misspending.
Hawaii currently allows lenders to offer loans with annual interest rates as high as 459 percent.
The governor says the state will provide monthly subsidies of up to $250, and indicates a willingness to help residents elsewhere.
The audit found the Office of Hawaiian Affairs is spending money too loosely in a way that benefits the politically connected.
David Arakawa hadn’t registered to lobby at Honolulu Hale for at least five years. And then a reporter asked him about it.
Organizations created by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs will have to provide documents for an internal audit.