Former charter school principal accused of stealing $100,000 pleads guilty

Jeffrey Piontek

A former charter school principal accused of stealing more than $100,000 from the school has changed his plea.

Jeffrey Piontek is accused of stealing from Hawaii Technology Academy in Waipahu. He was later fired.

Piontek was arrested in Santa Monica, Calif., in October 2013 after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

On Wednesday, he pleaded guilty to second-degree theft for using school money to pay for work on his apartment.

As part of a plea deal, he’ll have to pay restitution of about $16,000.

He also pleaded no contest to several first- and second-degree theft charges that involved improper use of school credit and debit cards.

Piontek will be sentenced in February.

First-degree theft carries a maximum 10 years in prison, while second-degree theft carries a maximum of five years.

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