- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) - A former principal of a southeastern Idaho school has admitted to stealing nearly $9,500 from the school.

Brenda Honena, of Blackfoot, pleaded guilty to theft in federal court Tuesday for taking the money from Fort Hall Elementary School in 2012.

Honena was indicted by a federal grand jury in February after Blackfoot School District officials discovered that some suppliers for fundraisers at the elementary school had not been paid.

Honena had initially denied taking the money but later told FBI agents she spent the money for personal use.

The federal court has jurisdiction over the case because the school district receives federal funding for its operations.

Honena faces up to 10 years in prison when she’s sentenced in November.


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