Man who stole team funds now in jail
Question: What ever happened to the man who stole money raised by the Manoa Pop Warner football teams and used it to go to Las Vegas?
Answer: Shane Santos began serving a five-year sentence May 14, 2003, at the Oahu Community Correctional Center.
Santos escaped from the Laumaka Work Furlough Center on Oct. 31 but was back in custody at OCCC in December, said Mike Gaede, Department of Public Safety spokesman.
Santos, the father of one of the Manoa Pop Warner football players, pleaded no contest in April 2000 to four counts of second-degree theft, second-degree attempted theft and third-degree theft for taking $8,000 in kalua pig sale funds.
Santos collected the money to pay for the pigs, cook and package the pork to raise money to send the team to a bowl game in Las Vegas in December 1999.
Instead, Santos spent the money to take a trip to Las Vegas with his family.
Santos also pleaded no contest to second-degree theft for stealing $2,250, which was to be used for travel expenses.
He was originally sentenced to five years' probation and 500 hours of community service, but he violated the conditions of his probation.
Hawaii Paroling Authority Administrator Tommy Johnson said yesterday that Santos was supposed to serve a minimum three years for the five-year conviction.
Santos came up for parole July 19 but was denied because the Parole Board wanted him to complete additional programs, Johnson said. He was scheduled for another hearing in November but was a Laumaka escapee at the time.
Star-Bulletin reporter Leila Fujimori contributed to this report.
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