The charges are reportedly tied to her alleged misuse of a county gas card. Bail was set at $500.
Because grand jury proceedings are secret, it's unclear whether the Office of Prosecuting Attorney (OPA) tried and failed to get a similar indictment against Mayor Bernard Carvalho.
Prosecutor Shaylene Iseri-Carvalho had reportedly sought an arrest warrant for the mayor on Nov. 2, the weekend before the general election, but no judge would sign it.
Janine, who is married to county parks director Lenny Rapozo, was initially hired by the county in 1994 as a transportation specialist. Carvalho named her risk management administrator in December 2010. The county directory currently shows her working in the mayor's office as ADA ( Americans with Disabilities Act) coordinator, though a statement from county Managing Director Gary Heu identified her as the Human Resources Manager, a job she has held since July:
“We have learned of the grand jury indictment against Human Resources Manager Janine Rapozo on charges relating to the County’s gas audit. We wish to make it clear that she will continue to carry out her duties regardless of this action, as we’ve seen no evidence of wrongdoing. We have observed 18 years of exemplary service from Janine on behalf of the County and the people of Kaua’i, and we will support her 100% in this matter.”
Ironically, Janine is Shaylene's nemesis from high school.
The presentation to the grand jury was made by first deputy Jake Delaplane.
Shay has been MIA at the OPA since Justin Kollar defeated her in last Tuesday's election. However, she did participate in an on-island “cold case” training session, attending a cocktail hour last night and workshop today.
Shay had been handling the Darren Galas (never forget Sandy G) murder case. But she pressed deputy prosecutor John Murphy into service at the last minute for Tuesday morning's bail hearing, giving him virtually no time to prepare. At the conclusion of the hearing, Judge Kathleen Watanabe reduced Galas' bail to $300,000 and imposed additional conditions of an ankle bracelet and daily monitoring if he is released.
At the hearing, defense attorney Mike Green questioned why Galas had been arrested shortly before the election when there was no significant new evidence in the six-year-old case.