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Big Island booster club's vice president charged with stealing club funds

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HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The vice president of a Big Island middle school's ukulele band booster club allegedly stole $10,000 in donations from the group, then told police the money had been stolen, authorities said.

JoAnn Maldonado, 42, was vice president for the Waiakea Intermediate School Ukulele Band Booster Club.

On Monday, she reported her home had been burglarized, and that the thief had gotten away with the $10,000 along with other belongings.

But police say Maldonado made up the story and took the money herself. She was arrested Tuesday, and has been charged with second-degree theft, and false reporting to law enforcement authorities.

She remains in police custody. Her bail is set at $2,500.

She is set to appear in court this coming Monday.

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