Employee arrested for stealing nearly $6 million from Hawaii nonprofit

A grand jury has indicted a 69-year-old woman for allegedly stealing at least $6 million from a Hawaii nonprofit.

A grand jury has indicted a 69-year-old woman for allegedly stealing nearly $6 million from a Hawaii nonprofit that helps those with intellectual disabilities.

Officials identified the Arc of Hawaii employee as Lola Jean Amorin, and called her siphoning of money from the agency over more than a decade one of the worst cases of embezzlement ever handled by the city prosecutor's office.

“Besides the shocking amount of money that was taken, what makes this case particularly egregious is the fact that the stolen money was intended to benefit children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” city prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro said, in a news release.

Amorin is charged with multiple counts of theft, computer fraud and money laundering.

She worked for Arc of Hawaii for more than 30 years as a senior accountant, and her duties included processing accounts payable on behalf of the Arc, Kaneshiro said.

Officials said the theft was found during a routine audit and reported to police. The losses that have been identified occurred from late 2006 to early 2017.

To track down the scope of the embezzlement, police and prosecutors executed more than 40 search warrants to get bank, credit card and other records.

Investigators learned that large chunks of the embezzled funds were used to pay mortgages on at least four properties on Oahu, the Big Island, and Las Vegas, Kaneshiro said. 

Her bail has been set at $3 million.

   

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