Former head of Hawaii school arrested in California

Published On: Dec 24 2013 07:30:42 AM HST   Updated On: Oct 22 2013 01:15:21 PM HST

Jeffrey Piontek


Members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force say they arrested 47-year-old Jeffrey Piontek of Honolulu at a residence in Santa Monica, Calif.  He was wanted on a felony arrest warrant for theft and money laundering.

Piontek was the Head of School of Hawaii Technology Academy.  U.S. Marshals say Piontek stole and laundered more than $100,000 in school funds.

Piontek was fired and the criminal allegations were turned over to the State of Hawaii Attorney General's office for investigation, during which time Piontek fled Hawaii.

On Oct. 11, an arrest warrant for Piontek was issued by the Hawaii Attorney General's office for two counts of theft in the first degree and three counts of theft in the second degree. U.S. Marshals and Hawaii State Attorney General Task Force Officers tracked Piontek to both New York and California where task force members in both locations ran down leads in hopes of apprehending the fugitive.

On Oct. 21, members of the Los Angeles US Marshals Fugitive Task and Los Angeles Police Department located Piontek at a residence in Santa Monica where he was taken into custody.

Piontek was transported and booked into the Los Angeles County Jail pending a court appearance and extradition back to Honolulu.

Bail has been set at $500,000.

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