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Former Lanikai Elementary PTSA president charged with stealing $50,574

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 08:14 p.m. HST, Oct 16, 2013

The former president of the Lanikai Elementary Charter School PTSA (Parent, Student, Teacher Association) is charged with theft of $50,574 from association funds.

In a news release Wednesday afternoon, Attorney General David M. Louie announced that a two-count complaint was filed today in Circuit Court charging Tonya Taylor, 43, with first-degree theft and money laundering.

Arraignment and plea is set for Monday, Nov. 4, at 8:30 a.m., before Judge Richard Perkins, the news release said.

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ponowai wrote:
Why hasn't John Sosa, principal of Kaiser High School been charged yet? John Sosa is a disgrace to educators, did nothing but hurt the high school financially and push his weight around.
on October 16,2013 | 10:37PM
HOSSANA wrote:
What's the story on Sosa??? All I know is what the newspaper printed and said that he was being investigated and so he is on leave with pay......what happened or what did he do.......very curious to know as im a former educator and know about him but don't know him......
on October 17,2013 | 09:52AM
bumbye wrote:
I heard thru the grapevine that he misused school funds for athletic "recruiting" purposes. It's a rumor and not a true-mor, so let's just add it to the speculation list.
on October 17,2013 | 10:18PM
LMO wrote:
Jeeze, don't they vet these people in any way?
on October 17,2013 | 02:06AM
HanabataDays wrote:
You'd think that would be one of the tasks of the Charter School Review Board. But it's not in their, um, charter. You can call it a loophole, but then if you go to one of their meetings, you'll see that they're already up to their waist in alligators.
on October 17,2013 | 04:22AM
tutulois wrote:
Good audit controls can prevent this sort of thing -- but judging from what we hear about so many Hawaii institutions, the notion of "best practices" is unheard of here.
on October 17,2013 | 07:05AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
You would think...
on October 17,2013 | 11:01AM
omd111 wrote:
Another good reason to NOT give Matayoshi that raise. Another theft committed on her watch.
on October 17,2013 | 12:12PM
bumbye wrote:
Is there a "checks and balances" system in place for PTSAs?
on October 17,2013 | 10:34PM
bumbye wrote:
Isn't a PTSA president a parent? What does Matayoshi have to do with that?
on October 17,2013 | 10:35PM
Slow wrote:
Let's just cut through the nonsense. It's Obamacare once again. Fire Norm Chow.
on October 18,2013 | 11:37AM
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