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Money meant to help Maui fire victims instead used to pay Maui mayor's enhanced security detail

 
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Money meant to help Maui fire victims instead used to pay Maui mayor's enhanced security detail
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Maui Mayor Richard Bissen was provided extra security in the weeks after the wildfire, but not from his own jurisdiction.

The Maui Police Department was never asked by the county. Instead, state investigators were flown in from Oahu to protect him.

The six-week detail started on August 23, as Bissen was taking heavy criticism for the county’s response to the August 8 wildfires.

The four investigators, two from the Attorney General’s Office and two from the Public Safety Department, were “stationed at the mayor’s office and also accompanied him to public events,” said a county spokesperson in a statement to HNN Investigates.

The estimated cost for overtime and travel expenses for the detail is $110,000, though PSD said they were still tallying the bill.

A spokesperson for PSD said the deployment was the result of “a verbal request from the Maui Mayor’s office”.

But the Maui County spokesperson contradicted that in a statement that said, the detail was “offered and extended by the state to the Mayor”.

Nothing was done in writing, according to both agencies.
PSD said it’s covering the cost upfront, meaning state taxpayers are paying. But the department will “request reimbursement through the federal government funding related to the Maui wildfire response.”

That’s money meant to help fire victims.

“I’m initially heartbroken. And then I’m instantly enraged,” said Camron Hurt of Common Cause Hawaii.

“Every dollar counts, $100,000 could easily easily be somebody’s rent for possibly the next year.”

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Re: Money meant to help Maui fire victims instead used to pay Maui mayor's enhanced security detail
Aren’t they unarmed on Maui? This is just another slap in the face to the victims, i could completely understand if they strung this fucker up by his neck
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Re: Money meant to help Maui fire victims instead used to pay Maui mayor's enhanced security detail
ITS SHIT LIKE DIS....
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12/09/2023 11:55 AM
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Re: Money meant to help Maui fire victims instead used to pay Maui mayor's enhanced security detail
Somebody should also audit the school districts for falsified number s children used in claiming federal funding.

The mayor and the city council and others full know about the frauds.
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12/09/2023 11:58 AM
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Re: Money meant to help Maui fire victims instead used to pay Maui mayor's enhanced security detail
Somebody should also audit the school districts for falsified number s children used in claiming federal funding.

The mayor and the city council and others full know about the frauds.
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