Hawaii health dep’t employee fined $25,000 for ethics breach

/ 10:17 AM September 01, 2020

HONOLULU – A Fil-Am employee of the Hawaii Department of Health employee must pay a hefty fine for an ethics violation.

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The Hawaii State Ethics Commission fined Roel Salanga $25,000 dollars after they say he used his position for personal gain, Hawaii News Now reported.

The commission said Salanga worked as a Nurse Consultant for the DOH’s Office of Health Care Assurance. It said Salanga found real estate clients through his inspections of adult care homes.

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In one instance, Salanga offered his property-buying services to a care home operator during a 2018 inspection after the operator expressed an interest in relocating.

Investigators found Salanga sent several emails to the client regarding the real-estate search during his time on the clock with the DOH.

The report says Salanga ultimately earned nearly $23,000 in commission for his real estate firm, nearly $10,000 of which went to his personal commission.

Further disciplinary action will be left up to the Department of Health.

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