State worker charged with theft, allegedly spent taxpayer money for personal use

A state employee has been charged with felony theft after an act she allegedly committed while working for the governor.

Authorities said Roxanne Kamalu used a computer in September 2013 to spend hundreds of dollars in state money for personal benefit.

What exactly Kamalu purchased has not been disclosed, but she was indicted by a grand jury on charges of second-degree theft and arrested by state sheriffs on Nov. 13 after turning herself in.

Kamalu posted $7,000 bail, then pleaded not guilty at an arraignment in Circuit Court last Thursday.

According to the governor’s office, Kamalu worked in the fourth floor executive branch office as an administrative services officer until about one month after the alleged theft.

She then went to work as the office manager for state Rep. Ken Ito (D-Kaneohe, Maunawili, Olomana), a role Ito’s office confirms she still holds today.

Kamalu’s name came up quite a bit when Always Investigating researched a recent story about how lawmakers spend their slush fund called the “legislative allowance.”

While this has no connection to the court case, it does illustrate the wide range of spending powers office managers have.

Kamalu’s attorney did not have any further comment beyond his client’s not-guilty plea.

Always Investigating has asked Ito’s office if her spending permissions will change in light of the arrest and charges. It had no further comment.

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