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Ex-treasurer of Pacific Handcrafters Guild pleads not guilty to felony theft

Faith Uilani Mokiao is accused of stealing money from the Pacific Handcrafters Guild over a five-year period Faith Uilani Mokiao is accused of stealing money from the Pacific Handcrafters Guild over a five-year period

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A woman accused of stealing money from the Pacific Handcrafters Guild over a five-year period, when she was serving as its treasurer, entered a plea of not guilty Tuesday.

Faith Uilani Mokiao was arraigned before Circuit Judge Richard Perkins on one count of first-degree theft, a class B felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

She's suspected of acquiring a debit card on the organization's bank account, and making several personal transactions between February 2005 and August 2010. Prosecutors have said the alleged theft is believed to be in excess of $150,000.

An Oahu grand jury returned an indictment in the case earlier this month.

Mokiao is free on $11,000 bail. Her trial is tentatively set for February.

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