Wednesday, August 14, 1996
ANSWER: The state attorney general's office decided not to seek reindictment of Honolulu businesswoman Nora Feuerstein or associate Jay Hayase after Feuerstein admitted finding no eavesdropping devices in offices of Gov. John Waihee and others.
Earlier, Feuerstein and Hayase were charged with fraudulently billing the state for sweeping the governor's office for electronic bugs. When she later admitted she found none, this served the purpose of the state investigation, which was to prove State Office Tower security was not compromised in the 1993 legislative session, a state spokesman said.
That year, Waihee's office almost paid $3,849.25 to Feuerstein, who claimed she found two listening devices in executive offices. Payment was withheld after the story broke.
The Oahu grand jury originally indicted the two for felony attempted theft and conspiracy in July 1993. The indictment accused them of trying to collect money from the state by falsely claiming they had found electronic listening devices in the governor's office.
Feuerstein, vice president of Hawaii State Communications, also claimed she found bugs in two state lawmakers' offices, according to the indictment that was later dismissed on a technicality.
Although the state considered another grand jury action, it dropped the matter in mid-November 1994.