From Hawaii v Hovanian November 13, 2013 (excerpts)
…Pursuant to Hawaii Revised Statutes ("HRS") § 84-31 and HRS chapter 91, the Hawaii State Ethics Commission ("Commission") convened a hearing on the matter of Hawaii State Ethics Commission vs. Kenneth Hovanian, Charge No. 12-Cg-4 and Charge No. 12-Cg-7, on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at 9:00a.m., at the Commission's office conference room located at 1001 Bishop Street, American Savings Bank Tower, Suite 960, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813.
Nancy C. Neuffer, Esq. and Leslie H. Kondo, Esq. appeared for Complainant Hawaii State Ethics Commission. Respondent Kenneth Hovanian, having been personally served with the Notice of Hearing on September 30, 2013, did not appear at the hearing….
The Commission's staff made numerous and repeated attempts to contact Respondent to obtain his 2011 and 2012 financial disclosure statements, via telephone, email, and letters and notices sent through regular and certified mail. Respondent did not respond to any letters, notices, emails or voicemail messages from the Commission's staff. Letters and notices that were sent to Respondent by certified mail were returned to the Commission's office as unclaimed by Respondent. See, e.g., Exhibits C-8, C-14, and C-15….
An administrative fine of ONE THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED FORTY DOLLARS ($1,940.00) for the violations committed by Respondent is appropriate and shall be imposed. HRS §84-17(i)….
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