Woman charged in Oahu homeless shelter theft

Woman charged in Oahu homeless shelter theft

HONOLULU (AP) - A former program director of an Oahu transitional homeless shelter has been charged in the theft of more than $700,000 from her former employer.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser newspaper reports Laura Pitolo is charged with five counts of first-degree theft and one count of second-degree theft in connection with the money stolen from Waianai Community Outreach in Kalaeloa between March 2007 and July 2010.

An arrest warrant for Pitolo was issued Tuesday by a state judge.

There is no listing in Hawaii for Pitolo and she could not be reached for comment Thursday.

According to the state Attorney General's Office, Pitolo wrote unauthorized checks to herself and others and made unauthorized debit card transactions and ATM withdrawals.

The organization filed a lawsuit against Pitolo in 2013, alleging $732,046 was stolen.

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