HONOLULU (KHON2) — A Waianae man has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $500,000 from a local nonprofit and agreeing to accept a bribe in a fraudulent city CARES Act money scheme.
Hanalei Aipoalani, of Waianae pled guilty to embezzlement and agreeing to take a bribe on Friday, March 26.
Aipoalani is a longtime nonprofit executive who most recently was a City and County of Honolulu CARES program administrator.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Aipoalani pled guilty to agreeing to take a payoff to influence the approval of two fraudulent CARES grant applications.
Among his other nonprofit jobs prior to working for the City, Aipoalani was the human resources director at a Hawaii nonprofit media organization, where the DOJ says he embezzled more than $527,000 by submitting false claims for payments to AmeriCorps.
Aipoalani admitted to conspiring with his wife to get nearly $70,000 for work that she did not do.
KHON2 has reached out to the city, the media nonprofit and Aipoalani’s attorney for comment.