Suspect in theft from Mission Houses Museum rejects plea offer

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A former bookkeeper who city prosecutors say confessed to stealing about $50,000 from the Mission Houses Museum in Honolulu rejected a plea offer and asked for a trial Tuesday.

Judy Vierra was scheduled to change her plea before Circuit Judge Richard Pollack. However, her attorney told the court that the defendant has instead decided to go to trial on the felony charges of first-degree theft and unauthorized computer use.

Vierra allegedly overpaid herself when she worked as a bookkeeper for the museum. Museum officials have since said that they have "implemented increased oversight and internal financial controls."

The judge set trial for the week of March 12th.

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