HONOLULU – Attorney General David M. Louie announced today that a five count complaint was filed on November 3, 2011 in the Circuit Court of the First Circuit against former Waipahu High School business manager Warren S. Harada, 61, of Manoa.

The complaint alleges one count of Theft in the First Degree and four counts of Money Laundering.  Theft in the First Degree and Money Laundering are B felonies and are punishable by up to 10 years in jail and/or up to a $25,000 fine.

The complaint, a copy of which is attached, alleges that between July 28, 2005 and February 11, 2010, Mr. Harada obtained $499,769.50 of Waipahu High School funds by deception.  In addition, Mr. Harada is charged with money laundering for concealing the proceeds of his theft from Waiphau High School.

Arraignment and plea is set for Monday, November 21, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. before the Honorable Richard K. Perkins, Circuit Court of the First Circuit.  The complaint filed against Mr. Harada is merely an allegation filed by the State and he is presumed innocent of the charges unless and until he is found guilty by a judge or jury.

Submitted by the state Attorney General

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