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Missing money threatens youth football team trip

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 03:46 a.m. HST, Nov 20, 2013

HILO >> A Hilo youth football team's trip to Florida next month is in jeopardy as police investigate money missing from league coffers.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports more than $100,000 may be missing from a travel fund that was to pay for the Panaewa Alii midget team to go to the Pop Warner Super Bowl.

The team defeated Maui's Wailuku Rainbows 30-8 on Saturday in Hilo.

Deputy prosecutor Kauanoe Jackson says police and prosecutors are in the preliminary stages of the criminal process.

Big Island Pop Warner Football Conference secretary Brenda Kuamoo says the team is scrambling to raise money for the trip.

Conference President William "Bo" Waite says it would cost about $2,000 per person for airfare, hotel and other travel expenses of players and chaperones.

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bigislandkurt wrote:
Call Snoop dogg now!
on November 19,2013 | 11:10AM
paniolo wrote:
Money was being taken out from 2009-2012, but nobody in the Conference committee see anything wrong? How come they didn't have the treasurer provide annual reports and account for missing money? When it gets to $100,000 it's too late.
on November 19,2013 | 11:25AM
walaau808 wrote:
Agreed. The entire Board should be held accountable for not reviewing expenditures and overseeing the treasurer...
on November 20,2013 | 08:33AM
DAGR81 wrote:
And the person who did this will be sentenced by some judge (in all his or her wisdom) to probation and restitution at $75 per month.
on November 19,2013 | 11:38AM
808warriorfan wrote:
And the person who took it didn't think they'd get caught ????? Major "Lo-lo-itist"
on November 19,2013 | 11:49AM
Pocho wrote:
Come on now. Only so many people get access to the money. Geez
on November 19,2013 | 11:49AM
markat wrote:
Hope they publish the name of the person responsible when they figure it out. Shameful.
on November 19,2013 | 12:11PM
cpkamuela wrote:
The person's name was published in the Tuesday edition of West Hawaii Today.
on November 20,2013 | 07:20AM
lmoore wrote:
This is why internal controls need to be in place. The sad thing is, the kids are the ones to suffer from the actions of someone who was entrusted with their money. I'm hoping some kind hearted businesses will step up and sponsor this team so they can go to the mainland.
on November 19,2013 | 12:38PM
walaau808 wrote:
Is a trip to the national pop warner championship a necessity, or a luxury?
on November 20,2013 | 08:35AM
McB0B wrote:
Get used to this kind of thing if you want gambling here. Some people don't just quit when they lose all their money. They find ways to "borrow" other people's to try to get theirs back and lose that too.
on November 20,2013 | 02:49PM
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