Lanikai woman charged with PTSA school theftUPDATED 7:08 PM HST Oct 16, 2013Video Transcript
woman has been charged with stealing tens of thousands of dollars from the P-T-S-A of Lanikai charter elementary school. KITV4's Nana Ohkawa joins us with the latest developments. Nana? School officials told us she was a woman they trusted... The trust... they say, allowed them to give her financial control without any official oversight... School officials at Lanikai elementary say they spent YEARS wondering why PTSA money seemed to keep disappearing. Big donations, jumbo checks, but the bottom line never added up. Then a 24- thousand dollar grant went missing, and some staffers began to suspect this woman... Former PTSA President Tonya Taylor. Philip Whitesell -vie president of school board 3328 SHE WAS WELL KNOWN AND WELL LIKED BY PARENTS AND MANY OF OUR STAFF MEMBERS it's a SOURCE OF DISAPPOINTMENT..3339. Marnie Ackerman 3611 THIS WOMAN IS A CLOSE NEIGHBOR OF THE SCHOOL LITERALLY SHE HAD HER CHILDREN AT THE SCHOOL AND SHE WAS A DEDICATED VOLUNTEER AND IT REALLY DIVIDED THE SCHOOL ON LOYALTIES ON WHO COULD ACTUALLY BELIEVE IT OR NOT 3626 Current parent-teacher organization president Marnie Ackerman says Taylor was in a powerful position, and was involved until 2009 3756 SHE WAS AVAILABLE AND WANTED TO HELP AND DO IT AND PEOPLE WERE LIKE SURE AND I THINK THAT'S BASICALLY HOW IT HAPPENED SHE WAS OFFERING TO DO MORE AND MORE AND IT GOT TO THE POINT WHERE SHE WAS RUNNING IT IT WAS A ONE WOMAN SHOW 3808 At some point, the PTSA checking account wound up in her name! 3626 ONCE WE STARTED DIGGING THROUGH THE PAPERWORK AND FOLLOWING THE PAPER TRIAL IT BECAME VERY CLEAR THAT WE HAD MANY YEARS OF DISHONESTY ON THE PTSA LEVEL 3636 Years of dishonesty, and now investigators say, more than 50-thousand dollars in stolen funds. Ackerman says the PTSA has since been disbanded. The new organization is called Lanikai School Ohana she says it has better checks, balances, and financial oversight.