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Former school secretary pleads guilty to stealing $15,000

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 03:19 p.m. HST, May 03, 2012


A former Fern Elementary School secretary admitted today to stealing nearly $15,000 from the school, including writing checks from the Kalihi school's account to pay for her rent in public housing.

Williamina Muranaka pleaded guilty to 12 counts of theft, one of attempted theft and one of bribery this morning in state court.

The attempted theft count is the result of one of the rent checks bouncing. The bribery charge is for accepting gift cards worth more than $2,000 and candy from a school vendor for ordering overpriced printer/toner cartridges.

Muranaka, 44, faces up to 10 years in prison when she is sentenced in July. However, according to the terms of her plea agreement, if she pays back the $14,818 she stole, the state attorney general promises to seek a one-year jail term and probation.

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ty99 wrote:
so ghetto...
on May 3,2012 | 12:09PM
hanoz808 wrote:
no please agreement, just make he stay in jail for 10 yrs....... shes stealing to pay public housing too! outrageous.
on May 3,2012 | 12:33PM
olos73 wrote:
They should kick her out of public housing.
on May 3,2012 | 12:41PM
omd111 wrote:
That's right! Her and her family out of public housing. Live off the system and then steal from the system? What the heck is that? Get them out.
on May 3,2012 | 05:17PM
soundofreason wrote:
Steal from the system TO live off the system.
on May 3,2012 | 06:42PM
Tahitigirl55 wrote:
Lock her up for good. Stealing is a big deal. What do we teach our children. She just makes the HARD working SASA look so bad. There are some good ones out there. Windward side of the island we don't steal. We are good. Thanks to our good training.
on May 3,2012 | 12:45PM
Masami wrote:
"The bribery charge is for accepting gift cards worth more than $2,000 and candy from a school vendor for ordering overpriced printer/toner cartridges." So WHAT HAPPENED to that school vendor? Probably STILL SELLING overpriced printer/toner cartridges. :-(
on May 3,2012 | 03:08PM
Graham wrote:
The vendor should be banned from doing busineess with the State and County governments.
on May 3,2012 | 03:22PM
MizuInOz wrote:
Absolutely agree. How much has the vendor ripped off from you and me. Remember, we are the ones who pay the taxes that buy all these things.
on May 3,2012 | 04:26PM
soundofreason wrote:
and the vendor name goes without even a mention?
on May 3,2012 | 06:42PM
Manapua_Man wrote:
What is it with these Secretaries? Why they got to steal? At least they have a "Secretary Day". They rest of us workers no more one appreciation day. Nobody take us to lunch.
on May 3,2012 | 03:21PM
ejkorvette wrote:
My Sentiments Exactly about how she betrayed her Students, School, the Integrity of her Position, and the Moral Committment of being a Responsible Adult. Her Punishment should be much more than 1yr. However, this is Honolulu Hawaii. The King and Queen are Turning over in their Grave(All Due Respect), at How this State is bein Run. This State is being Mis-Managed by Incompetentcy, Ineptness, Corrupt, Greedy, Liars, Thieves, Hypocrites, and all things EVIL. SHAME ON YOU HAWAII'S SO-CALLED LEADERS!!!!!!!
on May 3,2012 | 03:35PM
MizuInOz wrote:
Locking her up for good will cost us how much? The latest estimate is $80,000 a year per inmate in the prison system. Better yet, don't put her in jail. Let her try to find a job. Maybe shovelling horse droppings but no where close to anyones money. Been down and out but never stole money or anything from anyone. It always comes back to bite you in the okole. Obviously, she has been having a rough time but at least she had a job. Sad state of affairs, really. I believe somewhere in her mind, she feels that she is and was entitled and that the "system" owed it to her. Now she pays it back. Karma calling.
on May 3,2012 | 04:25PM
ejkorvette wrote:
Excellent point!
on May 3,2012 | 05:30PM
Snator wrote:
What is this, the 3rd (or 4th) similar case with secretaries/assistants stealing from the schools? Where's the DOE oversight , audits and check & balances? NONE.
on May 3,2012 | 04:26PM
sluggah wrote:
Doesn't surprise me that the crook was in admin. That's where the budget needs to be trimmed, in the admin of the schools. We pay them too much, there's too many of them and they're a protected species due to the pandering of the machine in exchange for blind loyalty.
on May 3,2012 | 04:40PM
ftaele83 wrote:
roll the dice, Willy! Frick dem prostitute prosecutors b/c they more worse thieves and maggots than you! You got nothin to lose, and so go to da superbowl trial...and, tell yo public pretender to man up and get ready for trial...frick dat! why repay 15,000 and then have dem prostitutes seek 1yr???!!!! go for it!!!!
on May 3,2012 | 04:46PM
Ronin006 wrote:
DOE needs more money from the taxpayers so more of its employees can steal it. Muronaka is the third of fourth DOE employee caught steeling taxpayers' money within the past two years. Caught. How many more are there who have supplementing their pay by stealing but have not yet been caught?
on May 3,2012 | 04:48PM
ejkorvette wrote:
Very good point!
on May 3,2012 | 05:30PM
Anonymous wrote:
Excellent point!
on May 3,2012 | 05:31PM
HD36 wrote:
How come the system is so easy to steal from in the first place?
on May 3,2012 | 05:48PM
environmental_lady wrote:
What I don't understand is why she needed to steal to pay rent for public housing. School secretaries are paid well enough to cover food, rent, and then some more. My suspicion is that she used the money to fund a drug habit. I agree that locking her up will cost the state even more. I'd say that she should return the money, serve a year in jail and then sentence her to community service and bar her from any future jobs involving money. She needs to pay back to the community.
on May 3,2012 | 09:38PM
palolo2001 wrote:
How can the principals not know the secretary is stealing from their schools. Don't we have check and balances at these schools?
on May 3,2012 | 09:39PM
Bully wrote:
You cannot trust somebody on welfare.
on May 4,2012 | 07:21AM
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