Public charter school employees plead no contest to criminal charges

Diana Oshiro and Kurumi Kaapani-Aki

Two public charter school employees won’t serve any jail time after pleading no contest to criminal charges Wednesday.

Diana Oshiro, principal of Myron B. Thompson Academy, was charged with tampering with a government record, and her sister, vice principal Kurumi Kaapani-Aki was charged with tampering as well as theft.

Under a plea bargain with the State:

  • Oshiro has been sentenced to one year deferral supervision. She must also complete 40 hours of community service, write a letter of apology to the governing board of the Academy, and pay court fees;
  • Kaapani-Aki has been sentenced to four years deferral supervision for the felony theft charge and one year deferral supervision for the charge of tampering with a government record. She must also complete 75 hours of community service, write a letter of apology to the governing board of the Academy, and pay court fees.

According to the attorney general’s office, the felony theft charge against Kaapana-Aki stemmed from an alleged fraudulent scheme spanning from May 22, 2007 to March 28, 2013, during which she took 119 hours of unauthorized paid leave that resulted in a $6,238.73 loss of public funds.

The misdemeanor charge against both defendants for tampering with a government record stemmed from the sisters’ subsequent efforts to prepare official school leave forms to cover the 119 hours of unauthorized leave and backdate the forms to make it appear as though they had been prepared contemporaneously with the leave taken.

Still, their attorney, Eric Seitz, says they did nothing wrong.

“We don’t mind pleading no contest in the sense that we don’t want to spend months in trial and years in further litigation. We can get rid of this case and tomorrow, they can go back to their jobs to run the school,” he said. “I’m not satisfied we had to go through this process at all, because frankly I think the case should never have been brought to court.”

We called the school, but it declined comment.

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