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Waipahu school manager jailed for stealing $500,000

  • VIDEO BY DENNIS ODA
    20120627-3939 CTY HARADA A former Waipahu High School employee, Warren Harada (left) , 61, of Manoa, was sentenced to 10 years in prison as he did not pay back the $499,769 restitution money he stole from Waipahu High School by the time of his sentencing in Judge Richard Perkins courtroom in Circuit Court. As part of his plea deal with the state, if he had payed back the money he stole by the time of his sentencing, he would have to go to jail for only 18 months. Harada was represented by Keith Hayashi (right). Christopher Young was the prosecutor. Earlier last year, Harada had pleaded guilty to first-degree theft and four counts of money laundering to stealing nearly $500,000 from the school over six years starting in 2005. As part of his plea deal with the state, he would have to go to jail for only 18 months if he had paid the $499,769 that he stole by the time of sentencing. PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA. JUNE 27, 2012.
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Former Waipahu High School business manager Warren Harada began serving a 10-year prison term this morning for stealing nearly $500,000 from the school.

According to a plea agreement, Harada, 62, had until today to pay back in full the money he stole in order to get probation and an 18-month jail term instead of the 10 years.

He has not paid back any of the money.

However, his lawyer Scott Collins said Harada is selling his family home in Manoa and it is in escrow.

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