HVCB returns $20K in state funding

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HONOLULU -- The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau returned $20,000 to the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

The action followed the controversy of several months ago, when a state audit and reviews by the attorney general's office determined the bureau misused state funds.

At the time, the HTA was criticized for lax oversight of the HVCB.

The returned monies included some $15,000 spent on legal fees, as well as $2,000 given to former president and CEO Tony Vericella for personal expenses. Vericella resigned in July.

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