Ex-DOE business manager charged with stealing thousands from agency

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Published: Feb. 27, 2023 at 7:12 AM HST|Updated: Feb. 27, 2023 at 10:38 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A former Department of Education official is set to be arraigned Monday at Hilo Circuit Court on felony theft charges.

Prosecutors charged Karie Luana Klein with allegedly falsifying documents and stealing money from the department. She faces three felony theft counts.

Prosecutors said Klein allegedly falsified work mileage and parking forms. She also used DOE purchase orders and a “P-Card” to steal more than $7,000 from the department.

Klein worked as a complex area business manager at DOE’s Kau-Keaau-Pahoa complex, the Hawaii Tribune Herald reported.

She could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.