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Former Pearl Ridge Elementary secretary charged with 99 counts of theft, forgery

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A former secretary at Pearl Ridge Elementary, who's accused of stealing more than $68,000 from the school, is scheduled to be arraigned at Honolulu Circuit Court next Monday on nearly 100 counts of felony theft and forgery.

The state Attorney General's office on Monday filed a criminal complaint against Denise Hayashi, 41, of Waipahu. She's charged with 98 counts of second-degree forgery, and one count of first-degree theft.

Investigators say that between 2008 and 2010, Hayashi used her position as a school administrative services assistant to make checks out to herself for personal use. She allegedly forged the signature of the school principal.

First-degree theft is a class B felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Second-degree forgery is a class C felony that carries a maximum five-year prison term.

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