Ex-Hawaii school official who stole $3M sentenced for fraud

Ex-Hawaii school official who stole $3M sentenced for fraud

HONOLULU (AP) - A former Hawaii school official who authorities say stole more than $3 million from University of the Nations has been sentenced to more than nine years in prison.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that the Christian school's former Chief Financial Officer, Pablo Rivera, was sentenced on Monday for wire fraud.

Authorities say he stole about $3.1 million between September 2014 and January 2017.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael David Nammar says Rivera spent the money he stole on a gold mine in Sierra Leone, a home in Colorado, a condominium in Waikoloa, a sport utility vehicle, loose diamonds, spa treatments and plastic surgery. Rivera also lost some of the stolen money on the stock market in the course of day trading.

Rivera acknowledged during his sentencing that he "became a liar" and needs help.

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