A third former employee of Waianae Community Outreach has been charged with felony theft, Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin announced Thursday.
Jamye Windsor, 40, is accused of improperly receiving more than $50,000 in state funds from Waianae Community Outreach, which runs a homeless shelter.
“This set of charges against Ms. Windsor follows charges that were previously filed against the former executive director, Sophina Placencia, and former program director, Laura Pitolo,” said Deputy Attorney General Michael Kagami of the Criminal Justice Division.
Windsor was charged with one count of first-degree theft, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. She is the third former employee or director of Waianae Community Outreach to be charged with felony theft, according to a release from the AG’s office.
Pitolo, 37, was charged in March with six felony theft counts for allegedly diverting more than $500,000 in states funds from Waianae Community Outreach, according to a KITV news report. She was the program director at the Kealahou West Oahu shelter, which serves about 300 clients.
Placencia was arrested a week after Pitolo and charged with five felony theft counts for improperly diverting $200,000 in state funds from the outreach center to be used by herself, family and friends, KITV reported.
“This office will investigate and prosecute those who violate the public trust,” Chin said in the release. “People who receive state funds must be held accountable for properly using them. The people who stole this money were taking it away from services being provided to homeless individuals in Waianae. We will not stand for that.”
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