Ex-office manager pleads no contest to stealing $57K from architectural firm

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A former office manager at a Honolulu architectural firm pleaded no contest Tuesday to stealing more than $57,000 from her company.

Kathy Hood, 51, pleaded no contest as charged to 54 counts of second-degree forgery, two counts of second-degree identity theft, and one count of first-degree theft. Prosecutors say she forged 54 checks while working at Urban Works, Inc. between September 2006 and January 2010.

Defense attorney William Domingo says his client worked for the company for 17 years and has no criminal history.

Hood is scheduled to be sentenced in October. She is asking for a deferral, which is a chance to keep the felony convictions off her record.

The theft and identity theft counts are each punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Each forgery count carries a maximum five-year prison term.

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