Former school secretary charged with theft

KALIHI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A former employee at Fern Elementary in Kalihi is accused of stealing nearly $15,000 from the school. Williamina Muranaka worked as a secretary until she was fired in March 2011. According to authorities, the crimes started in 2007 and officials discovered the thefts in August 2010.

Sources said most of the school checks she wrote went to the Hawaii Public Housing Authority to pay for her rent at Kuhio Park Terrace. Court documents indicated that the checks to the housing authority ranged from $642 to $1,743.

Muranaka was charged in a criminal complaint last week with bribery, attempted theft, and 12 counts of theft. According to sources, Muranaka has confessed and she is expected to plead guilty when she is arraigned on Thursday in Circuit Court.

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