Honolulu real estate planner pleads guilty in bribery case

HONOLULU — A construction planner with the Honolulu Planning Department pleaded guilty Monday to an indictment accusing him and others of accepting bribes in exchange for expediting approval of building permit applications.

Jason Dadez pleaded guilty to honest services cable fraud, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Honolulu.

Dadez is on paid leave from the city’s Planning and Permitting Department.

An indictment last year accused him and four other current and former department employees of taking thousands of dollars in bribes from architects, contractors and others in exchange for accelerating or approving projects.

Architect William Wong, accused of paying bribes, was also charged. He pleaded guilty last year. Former building plan reviewer Kanani Padeken also pleaded guilty last year and was fired by the city.

Ex-construction plan reviewer Jennie Javonillo pleaded guilty last month.

Jocelyn Godoy, an employee in the Department’s Data Access and Imaging Branch, remains on leave with pay. She pleaded not guilty.

Wayne Inouye, a former building plan reviewer, was retired when he was charged. He also pleaded not guilty.

Catherine Gutierrez, Dadez’s court-appointed attorney, declined to comment. It was not immediately clear how his guilty plea will change his employment status.

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