- Associated Press - Sunday, November 8, 2015

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A woman whose son has been missing since 1997 is accused of taking more than $17,000 in welfare benefits that she was not entitled to receive.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1WHj5ab) Jaylin Kema will be arraigned Monday on a second-degree theft charge.

Deputy Prosecutor Rick Damerville would not say the theft case is unrelated to an ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Kema’s son Peter. Damerville said much like in this case charges are pursued for possible crimes discovered during the course of another investigation.

Kema’s court-appointed attorney Justin Haspe objected to court photography, saying the nature of the charges are not related to anything the media would be interested in.

Authorities are investigating Kema and her husband Peter Kema Sr. on possible drug and firearms charges.

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Information from: Hawaii Tribune-Herald, https://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/

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