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Marshals nab former Hawaii school principal wanted for theft

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:57 p.m. HST, Oct 22, 2013

A 47-year-old former Hawaii charter school principal wanted for theft and money laundering was arrested by U.S. Marshals in California Monday.

Jeffrey Piontek, the former principal of Hawaii Technology Academy, was arrested at a residence in Santa Monica, Calif.

According to the U.S. Marshals Service, Piontek was wanted by the state Attorney General's office for allegedly stealing and laundering $100,000 in school funds. He was fired in December 2011 and later fled while the allegations were being investigated.  

Piontek was wanted for two counts of first-degree theft and three counts of second-degree theft, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

He was booked into the Los Angeles County Jail pending a court appearance and extradition to Honolulu.

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nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
This is just the tip of the iceberg. The state needs to be more careful to monitor these schools that take our tax dollars. We should be auditing these schools.
on October 22,2013 | 12:31PM
thepartyfirst wrote:
Everything run by the Government should be audited.
on October 22,2013 | 03:29PM
HD36 wrote:
Audit the Federal Reserve Bank.
on October 22,2013 | 06:49PM
HanabataDays wrote:
Our Charter School Review Board is caught between the devil and the deep blue. They don't have the funds, power or the political support they need to oversee all our charter schools. There are a few bad eggs, but the investigation process is tilted toward the schools and it ends up dragging on for far too long -- hampered iin part because of charters' quasi-independent status which enables them to stonewall until criminal violations like this one, or serious code violations, are discovered. We (legislature and voters both) need to take a top-down look and fix the dysfunctional parts of the charter school system.
on October 23,2013 | 02:28AM
allie wrote:
on October 22,2013 | 12:31PM
Masami wrote:
Time and time again we see teachers stealing from schools and also police officers committing crimes. I realize crime occurs throughout every profession yet teachers "teach" citizens and police officers enforce the laws of society. From a moral standpoint, if one enters these professions they need to get held to a higher standard and should pay a higher penalty if they commit a crime.
on October 22,2013 | 12:34PM
Okoles1 wrote:
And yet these professions are one of the least paid and have a high incidence of bodily harm. The majority from teachers and police officers are morally and legally held to a higher standard, its the bad ones that give them a bad image.
on October 22,2013 | 12:58PM
HD36 wrote:
Least payed compared to what?
on October 22,2013 | 06:50PM
allie wrote:
Charter Schools have an especially bad record
on October 22,2013 | 02:50PM
Bully wrote:
What is wrong with these people?
on October 22,2013 | 01:46PM
LMO wrote:
No moral compass.
on October 23,2013 | 01:56AM
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