Former Clerk at Molokaʻi’s Kualapuʻu School Sentenced for Theft
By Maui Now Staff
A Molokaʻi woman who previously served as a clerk at Molokaʻi’s Kualapuʻu Charter School was sentenced to five years of probation on three counts of second degree theft, according to an announcement from the state Attorney General.
Attorney General David Louie said Sonja Domingo, 41, pleaded guilty to the charges on July 8, 2014, and was sentenced by Maui Circuit Court Judge Joseph Cardoza.
Justice officials say second degree theft is considered a class C felony.
According to the Attorney General, the charges stem from thefts reported between Aug. 28, 2012 and Jan. 14, 2013, during which Domingo was accused of stealing $12,478 from the school while she was employed as a clerk.
Authorities say Domingo was responsible for collecting and depositing payments from students and parents for meals, fundraisers, and a book sale.
An internal audit conducted by the school determined that Domingo falsified receipts and failed to deposit funds she received, according to the state Attorney General’s office.
Under the terms of her probation, Domingo is required to serve 90 days in prison, pay restitution in the total amount of $12,478, and complete 350 hours of community service.
At the sentencing officials said Domingo made a $1,000 payment towards restitution and completed an apology letter that will be submitted to the school.