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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 3:20 p.m., Tuesday, September 12, 2006

New indictment against former Salvation Army official

By Ken Kobayashi
Advertiser Staff Writer

A former Salvation Army official was indicted by the O'ahu grand jury today on new charges that he defrauded the charitable organization of about $151,000 by bilking three elderly people and getting $10,000 in phony mileage claims.

Timothy Janusz, 48, of Kailua, the charity's director of planned giving from 2003 until his arrest this year, also faces pending charges that he stole $150,000 from a 77-year-old man who wanted the money to go to the Salvation Army.

With the new charges, Janusz is accused of stealing more than $300,000 from the organization.

City Deputy Prosecutor Christopher Van Marter said he will ask that the two cases be consolidated.

In the new indictment, Janusz is accused of defrauding one woman of $12,000, another of $2,000 and a man of $127,000 related to the sale of property.

In addition, Janusz submitted forged mileage claims over a 16-month period to get the $10,000, Van Marter said.

Janusz also faces a federal escape charge related to a 1996 federal fraud conviction in Colorado.

He will be arraigned later at which time he is expected to plead not guilty.

Janusz is being held on $5.5 million bail.

Reach Ken Kobayashi at kkobayashi@honoluluadvertiser.com.