Embezzler gets 10 years


A man who embezzled more than $130,000 from a Kona coffee grower he worked for has been sentenced to prison.

Kona Circuit Judge Elizabeth Strance on Dec. 28 sentenced 41-year-old John “Jason” Walaskay to 10 years in prison for felony theft and use of a computer in the commission of a separate felony. Strance also ordered Walaskay to make restitution of $131,586.32 to Kona’s Best Natural Coffee.

Walaskay, who was the company’s comptroller, stole money from his employer on seven occasions between March 1, 2009, and April 30, 2010. He fled to the mainland after being fired, while police were investigating the case.

He was arrested Aug. 2 at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club in suburban Detroit on a warrant filed by local authorities with the National Crime Information Center. An anonymous source said it was Walaskay’s second day on the job as comptroller of the yacht club.

 

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