Crime & Justice

Ex-Hawaii school principal arrested in Los Angeles

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A former principal of a Hawaii public charter school is being held in Los Angeles on charges of stealing and laundering more than $100,000 in school funds.

The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force says Jeffrey Piontek was arrested Monday at a residence in Santa Monica, Calif. The 47-year-old Honolulu resident is the former principal of Hawaii Technology Academy, a charter school that combines classroom and online instruction.

The Marshals Service says Piontek he allegedly fled Hawaii after he was fired and the criminal allegations were turned over to the Hawaii attorney general's office.

He couldn't immediately be reached for comment at the Los Angeles County jail, where he's being held pending a court appearance and extradition to Honolulu. It was not immediately known if he has a lawyer.