Former August Ahrens principal charged with record tampering

Complaint alleges tampering by Smith, 69, in Nov. 2011

 UPDATED 11:33 AM HST Sep 06, 2013
HONOLULU -

Attorney General David M. Louie announced Friday that a two-count penal summons complaint was filed and recently served upon former August Ahrens Elementary principal Florentina Smith, 69, of Waipahu.

The two-count complaint charges Smith with Tampering with a Government Record on Nov. 12, 2011 and Nov. 19, 2011.

Tampering with a Government Record occurs when a person knowingly and falsely makes, completes or alters, or knowingly makes a false entry into, a written government record.

Smith was principal of August Ahrens Elementary since 1995.  The Hawaii State Department of Education says it will not provide details of the investigation saying it "takes any allegation of fraud very seriously and is pursuing a number of avenues to raise awareness and accountability at all levels of Hawaii's public school system."

The DOE says a vice principal from Pearl City High School has been temporarily assigned to lead August Ahrens Elementary.

Smith is on paid leave.

Tampering with a Government Record is a misdemeanor offense punishable by up to a year in jail and a possible $2,000 fine.

Arraignment and plea are set for Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.

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